Charity flight’s first stopover at Jersey Airport

From Jersey Airport
26th August 2022

The Ports of Jersey is supporting a fundraising challenge being undertaken by 24-year-old pilot Lyle Weir, who will be flying around Britain to raise awareness of mental health, and to raise funds for the mental health charity The Mix.

Lyle will be taking a single engine aircraft, a Piper Arrow, around the UK and to the Channel Islands, landing at multiple airports after his first overnight stop in Jersey on 1 September. While travelling he will be spreading awareness of mental health illnesses and disorders.

Lyle said: “Mental Health challenges can affect anyone at any stage in their lives, and I believe these issues are still misunderstood, underestimated and can be dangerous. I have suffered my own personal battles with mental health due to the loss of close family, which led me to a very dark time in my life that I kept to myself for a long time. Along with my own battles, some of the people who mean the most to me have suffered badly with their mental health, leaving me feeling helpless and unsure of what to do or say.

“Worst of all I have lost close friends to poor mental health. I know everyone has their own stories, and I would like us to come together to do something about it. This Charity Flight won’t cure everyone or make mental illness disappear. But if it gets people talking and realising they are not on their own, then that, to me, is success.”

Head of Fundraising at The Mix, Michael Thelwall, said “We’re delighted that Lyle is taking to the skies to raise money for vital mental health services for young people. By fundraising for the UK’s leading digital support service for under-25s, Lyle’s Charity Flight will help to support our life-saving services, so The Mix is always there for young people when they need us the most.”

Lyle added: “All donations to my GoFundMe page are greatly appreciated no matter how big or small. I would also like to say a big thank you to all the businesses sponsoring me. I really appreciate everyone getting behind me. This would not have been possible without you.”

Ports of Jersey’s CEO, Matt Thomas, said: “We are pleased to support Lyle’s challenge, and hope he raises a significant amount for his chosen charity. Here at Ports of Jersey we take the mental health of our people seriously. We have trained more than 40 Mental Health First Aiders and have been working with Jersey Recovery College to implement their Mental Health at Work programme. We want to equip our leaders, managers and employees with the knowledge and skills they need to build a mentally healthy workplace.”

Ports of Jersey, Jersey Aero Club and Synergy Aviation are waiving their usual landing and handling fees for Lyle’s charity flight.

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