Eddie 'the Eagle' Edwards getting ready for the St Giles Hospice Solstice Walk

Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards is flying in to support a charity event in Lichfield.

Britain’s most famous ski-jumper will be swapping his skis and goggles for a tutu and fairy wings as the guest of honour at the St Giles Hospice Solstice Walk.

He shot to fame in the 1988 Winter Olympics and has seen his story retold in a recently-released Hollywood film.

Eddie will be the official starter for the Solstice Walk in the city on June 18.

Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards getting ready for the St Giles Hospice Solstice Walk

“I’m always up for a laugh so I’m more than happy to stick to the Solstice Walk dress code – and I’m especially looking forward to the prospect of a night out on the town with hundreds of women,” he said.

“One of my best friends lives in Lichfield and only the other week we were talking about the Solstice Walk as it’s one of the biggest events in the area. Then by pure coincidence a letter came through from St Giles soon afterwards asking me to get involved.

“Lichfield is such a lovely place – a beautiful little city – so it’s a good excuse for me to come and visit and help out a great local charity at the same time.

“All you ladies out there, whether you’re young or old, fit or not so fit, get your fairy wings and your tutus on and come and get involved in this fantastic fundraising walk – and help us raise lots of money for a very worthy cause.”

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the walk, which starts with a sunset party from 7.30pm at Friary Grange Leisure Centre.

The main Solstice Walk will begin at 10pm.

Entry is £15 and is open to women aged 16 and over. All proceeds will go towards St Giles Hospice’s specialist care for local people living with cancer and other serious illnesses.

Eddie added: “Although I’m not from this area I have done a little bit of charity work for a hospice near where I live in the past, and I think they do an excellent job helping people at the end of their lives and supporting their families and friends.

“I like to think that when I reach that age I’ll be able to benefit from the fantastic care that hospices like St Giles provide. They rely on fundraising and support from the local community and events like the Solstice Walk are absolutely essential to help them keep going.”

To sign up for the event go online or call 01543 432031.


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