The sky’s the limit for National Star GP

Man wearing National Star jumper in front of snowy mountains in the background

A Gloucester GP is taking to the air for a sponsored wing walk in aid of National Star.

Dr Iain Jarvis will take to the air on 11 June at RFC Rendcomb Airfield in Cirencester. He is aiming to raise £1,700 for the charity.

Based at Aspen Medical Practice in Gloucester, Dr Jarvis has worked in the county for 25 years. He has worked as National Star’s GP for the past three years.

‘I saw the flyer for the wing walk and just thought, ‘I’ve got to do that,’ said Dr Jarvis. ‘I did a tandem parachute jump a few years ago and that was awesome.

‘My friends and family think I’m mad! But that’s par for the course, really.’

So far, three people have signed up for the National Star wing walk. Run by AeroSuperBatics, participants will fly up to 120mph and experience a series of flypasts, zoom climbs, steep dives and banks.

In January, Dr Jarvis volunteered to support 13 National Star students during a ski experience in Andorra. He got involved in everything from providing care to pushing manual chairs.

‘It was amazing just getting to know the students when they were well, because most of the time I see them when they are poorly,’ said Dr Jarvis.

‘I’d done a little bit of care work in the past, before I was a medical student, but I haven’t done a huge amount of direct hands-on care work, so doing that was great.’

National Star is a Gloucestershire-based charity that supports young people with complex disabilities and learning difficulties to achieve their aspirations.

 People can sponsor Dr Jarvis at his fundraising page

 Sign up or find out more about the wing walk here

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