Homeowner and Daredevil RAF veteran raises a further £1,000 for charity
13 May 2015
Fresh from launching himself across a 1,000ft zip wire across Manchester Ship Canal, a super-fit pensioner from Sale has raised a further £1,000 for charity.
Frank Tolley, 93, ‘zipped’ from the Imperial War Museum’s 95ft viewing tower last month to raise money for St Paul’s Church in Sale, which is in need of a new roof. He is a homeowner at McCarthy and Stone’s Michael Court development in Oakfield, Sale and, after hearing of the stunt, the leading retirement housebuilder pledged £1,000 to his cause, taking the total raised to £2,500.
Steve Secker, Regional Managing Directorfor McCarthy and Stone Northern, commented: “When we heard that the daredevil veteran zipping his way across the canal for charity was one of our homeowners, we knew we had to do something to help. It’s fantastic that at the grand old age of 93 he was able to earn his wings again, and we understand that Frank is also the oldest person to ever have completed the zip wire, which is quite something!
“Frank is a fantastic example of someone who has completely embraced retirement by going after his dreams and taking up new hobbies through his volunteering at the Imperial War Museum, and fundraising for the local church. Age is but a number to Frank and there’s nothing we want to encourage more!
“Frank is hugely popular among the homeowners at Michael Court and well-liked by all of the staff. We hope the £1,000 donation will go some way towards the work needed to St Paul’s Church, and encourages other organisations to come forward to contribute to the fundraising efforts.”
Frank, from Sale, was a bomb-aimer during World War II and took part in the raids on Dresden as well as dropping food parcels over Holland. He now volunteers every Wednesday at the museum, where he tells visitors about his experience of the war.
Frank said: “I’m hugely grateful to McCarthy and Stone for the donation. St Paul’s is at the centre of the community and is used for so many local weddings and christenings it would be a shame to see it fall into disrepair. I’m so pleased McCarthy and Stone saw the video of me doing the zip wire online and wanted to help – it’s not the sort of thing I’d do every day but it was great and if it helps me raise more money for the church then I’d do 5 times over!”
Frank Tolley moved to the McCarthy and Stone Retirement Living development, Michael Court in Oakfield, Sale after making the decision to downsize. Little did he realise at the time that it was the exact spot of his old RAF association, and past drinking haunt.
Frank said: “I wanted to downsize to a lower maintenance property but stay in the local area, so when my youngest son suggested Michael Court and I came to view it, I realised I had been here before when it was the old RAF association - I just couldn’t believe it. It was fate!”
He continues: “Downsizing was a big decision for me to make but I can’t believe how well it has turned out. I pay almost half the costs I did when I lived in my previous semi-detached home, and my apartment has lovely French windows which, weather permitting, open inwards so I can sit and enjoy the sunshine. I've lived at Michael Court for the last 16 months, it’s lovely and peaceful and I was able to settle-in within two months, having made some close friends.
“I enjoy the convenience of the development - being nearer to shops, buses and trains. It is well managed, with pleasant and helpful neighbours.”
For further information, please contact Corinna Henson at McCann PR on 0121 7133621 or email Corinna.Henson@mccann.com