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Wing-walking pensioner's stunt for Stephen Sutton

A daredevil grandfather from Solihull is trying for his fourth world record today.

Tom Lackey is attempting to wing walk from Land's End to the Isles of Scilly on his 95th birthday.

Tom, who says he is taking on the challenge in memory of Stephen Sutton, already holds three Guinness World Records in wing walking.


Wing walker's emotional tribute to Stephen Sutton

Ninety-four-year-old dare-devil pensioner Tom Lackey from Solihull is gearing up for his 30th wing walk from Land's End to the Scilly Isles, in the name of teenage cancer sufferer Stephen Sutton.

The 19-year-old from Burntwood in Staffordshire lost his battle with the illness this week.

Mr Lackey is dedicating his latest stunt, scheduled for this Thursday, to Stephen. He told ITV News Central:

"He's done so much good and raised all this money and he would have done a wing walk. He always put his thumbs up in the air so when I do this one from Lands End to the Isles of Scilly I think I will put my thumbs up for him and imagine that he's with me."

94-year-old wing walker flies high for Stephen Sutton

Tom Lackey in a previous wing-walk in 2012 Credit: ITV News Central

A 94-year-old man from Solihull is taking part in a wing-walk in memory of Stephen Sutton.

Over the years Tom Lackey has done a number of high-flying plane stunts, but he says he's been inspired to do one more by Stephen's story.

Despite not being able to walk unaided - Mr Lackey's next wing walk will be his 30th Credit: ITV News Central

The 19-year-old from Burntwood in Staffordshire lost his battle with bowel cancer this week.

His Just Giving page has now raised nearly £3,900,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Stephen Sutton's legacy lives on as his fundraising total reaches nearly £3.9 million Credit: Just Giving

On Thursday the dare-devil pensioner will carry out his 30th wing walk, travelling from Lands End to the Isles of Scilly strapped to the top of a plane.

94-year-old Tom Lackey will have his thumbs up for Stephen throughout the high-flying stunt

Speaking at his home, the 94-year-old paid an emotional tribute to Stephen, saying he would have his thumbs up in the air for the teenager while carrying out the stunt, imagining the 19-year-old's up there with him.

Wing-walker to meet Mayor ahead of channel crossing

Tom Lackey prepares for his last wing-walking flight Credit: ITV News Central

A 93-year-old man from Solihull will be wing-walking across the English channel again this summer, to raise money for charity.

Today, Tom Lackey will meet the Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Joe Tildesley, who is offering his support. The pensioner has already crossed the channel on the wings of a plane, and holds a number of wing-walking world records.

Tom Lackey in action Credit: ITV News Central

He has raised more than £1million for charity, and was voted fundraiser of the year in the 2011 Pride of Britain Awards.