Leeds supergran, 71, soars the skies in son’s memory

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Daredevil grandma Andrea Charlton took it all in her stride to take to the skies.

The 71-year-old wing-walked above Yorkshire in memory of her cherished son Andy Charlton.

The 43-year-old father-of-three and former Leeds University student died following a cycling accident in Northumbria in August.

Brave Andrea stood on the wings of a plane in memory of her son, who was a popular DJ in clubs across the country under the name Andy Jarrod.

She said: “Things like this don’t frighten me.

“I did wonder if it might go ahead because it was quite windy but the pilot said the wind wouldn’t be a problem.

“I thought the landing might be a little bumpy but it wasn’t.

“We touched down beautifully. It was brilliant.

“I just can’t believe I have done it. My son would be so proud of me, I hope.

“This is something I have long wanted to do and I am just so pleased to have done this.”

The stunt, which took place in Selby, aimed to help raise awareness of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Andy’s son Oscar, two, suffers from the condition.

The full-time father had taken up cycling 18 months before the collision with a view to getting Oscar interested in the pastime in years to come.

Andrea, who lived in Morley before moving to Heysham, said: “It was for a good cause.

“Raising money for the trust was a very good reason for doing this.”

Following Andy’s death, his organs were donated to save the lives of five people including a teenager who needed a heart transplant.

To donate money, visit the family’s fundraising website at justgiving.com/Charltonfamily.


Cystic Fibrosis is a life-shortening inherited disease, which is believed to affect over 10,000 people in the UK.

There is currently no cure for cystic fibrosis. However there are many treatments available to help manage the condition.

These treatments include the use of physiotherapy, exercise, medication and nutrition.

Cystic Fibrosis is a complex disease that affects many different organs in the body including the lungs and digestive system.

The Cystic Fibrosis Trust funds a variety of research projects which aim to improve Cystic Fibrosis care and treatment for people who are affected by the condition.

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