Rod’s flying high ... on the ground

Drop Folder News/Atex News. 08/02/11. Pic Kevin Allen. 'Rod Rodgers and his daughter Sasha get ready for takeoff... Waved off by Mayor and Mayoress Hazel Lynskey and Sheila Kettlewell.'110628a
Drop Folder News/Atex News. 08/02/11. Pic Kevin Allen. 'Rod Rodgers and his daughter Sasha get ready for takeoff... Waved off by Mayor and Mayoress Hazel Lynskey and Sheila Kettlewell.'110628a

A SCARBOROUGH man made his own “flight of fancy” into a reality by making a fundraising voyage on an unusual mode of transport.

Rod Rodgers, of Princess Royal Terrace, wanted to give something back after spending time at both Scarborough Hospital’s Macmillan Unit and Castle Hill in Hull.

He said: “I had hoped to act as navigator to my friend of many years, Wing Commander Sir Pill’ock Kyte, who owns a MK5 Sopwith Camel plane.

“Together we planned a sponsored flight to raise funds, but sadly the Win-co is unwell, so I’m now undertaking a modest flight in my own craft, a 2006 Gypsy Moth Shopping Trolley.”

Mr Rodgers, retired managing director of the Grand Hotel group, set off on the mobility scooter hoping to get to Pickering, or as far as the battery charge would carry him.

He said: “I got as far as Thornton-le-Dale, but there was low cloud and I couldn’t proceed.

“I dropped my daughter Sasha at home first then stopped off to see various friends along the way for a cup of tea.”

Mr Rodgers asked friends and family to sponsor him and has raised around £1,000, which will be shared between the two hospitals and a fund for Lily MacGlashan, a baby girl in Dunstable who is the only person in the world with a certain form of cancer.

Her family is trying to raise £300,000 so she can receive treatment in the USA.

Mr Rodgers said: “I was aiming for £500,000, but my friends have not been as generous as I thought. But everyone replied except one and they know who they are!”

During the “flight” he wore his grandfather’s boots and helmet which are nearly 100 years old.

Scarborough’s mayor Cllr Hazel Lynskey, who waved Mr Rodgers off on his journey, said: “I think he’s remarkable. He’s such a character and such a kind man.”

Anyone who wishes to boost Rod’s fund can send donations to him c/o Susan Stephenson, Scarborough Evening News, 17-23 Aberdeen Walk.