Gretton Houses’ Judith takes to the skies in fabulous flying adventure
Judith is undeniably a legend amongst the team and the people we support at Gretton House, famed for her daredevil antics and wild adventures. And now she’s flying high in her latest quest to be the best!
If you want to feel inspired about aiming high in a bid to achieve your goals and aspirations, then you should take a leaf out of Judith’s book – who decided to take that challenge with both hands and set her goal high… literally in the sky. It was time to fly.
Living at our residential service for people with Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS)*, Judith has proven numerous times that she can do anything she sets her mind to. From the biggest rollercoasters to the fastest quad bikes, last year she challenged herself to a 418-foot climb up the Northampton Lift Tower. Wanting to go that one step further (or 3000 feet further) Judith and Support Worker Adam set off for the Sywell Aerodrome.
Breakfast briefing complete, it was time to take to the skies in an Extra 300 aircraft. When she reached a staggering 3000 feet, the acrobatics started – with barrel rolls and loop-the-loops in the clouds. It’s safe to say Judith loved every minute of it!
The next part of the day saw Judith and Adam enjoy a helicopter ride, and a visit to the hangar where they raced on Formula 1 simulators. With a passion for cars, Adam managed to beat the Aerodrome’s highest score (but he wasn’t allowed on the leaderboard *ahem* so we’ll just have to take his word for it!)
“Judith just keeps pushing the limits of what society thinks people with disabilities are capable of,” said Key Worker Lauren. “No challenge is too tough, and I genuinely believe Judith will keep on surprising us with whatever crazy ideas she takes on next. Watch this space!”
*Prader-Willi Syndrome is a rare genetic condition that can cause persistent hunger, a lack of satiety cues and other physical and mental difficulties. Providing support to individuals with PWS involves planning meals and putting measures in place to reduce anxieties surrounding food. Judith was able to enjoy her freshly prepared lunch, before heading off for the finale of the day – a breath-taking stunt display by the Blades Pilots, which she was able to enjoy with a well-deserved glass of champagne!
Judith loved her flying experience almost as much as we loved hearing about it, and she cannot wait to move on to her next adrenaline-fuelled adventure.