Lewes flying instructor begins 8,500 mile expedition across Europe and Asia for the British Red Cross Ukraine Appeal and YoungMinds

A Lewes resident has began a 8,500 mile expedition in a microlight aircraft this week.

A Lewes resident has began a 8,500 mile expedition in a microlight aircraft this week.

Luke Christophides, a highly experienced flying instructor at Flight Sport Avia Sussex, will be flying through 25 countries over 35 days in Europe and into Asia.

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Luke will be taking on this challenge with 51-year-old Graham Naismith from Tunbridge Wells, who isn't flying having only obtained his licence last week.

Luke (right) will be taking on this challenge with 51-year-old Graham Naismith (left) from Tunbridge Wells, who isn't flying having only obtained his licence last week.

The pair set off from Kittyhawk Aerodrome, East Sussex in a Ukrainian Skyranger Nynja microlight on Wednesday (April 20).

The duo have successfully raised over £8,300 the British Red Cross Ukraine Appeal and YoungMinds, a UK based mental health charity for young people.

Their trip name, 35-70, is derived from their route spanning 35 degrees of latitude –Greece and Turkey – to 70 degrees of latitude into the Arctic circle in Norway.

To donate to Luke and Graham's cause click here

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