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Usually helping to run one of Gloucestershire's highest flying charities inspiring young people, fly2help, this weekend she takes on The Raikes Journal's 20 Question Challenge

Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 28 September 2020 7:30

Usually helping to run one of Gloucestershire's highest flying charities inspiring young people, fly2help, this weekend she takes on The Raikes Journal's 20 Question Challenge

It is possible that while taking on The Raikes Journal’s 20 Questions this week the Aim Higher manager of Fly2Help had half a mind on how she could raise even more funds for the charity – it is in her blood. 

Even outside of aviation, as she continues to pursue what has been another lifelong passion, the running group she leads has now raised £5,000 for the charity she represents. 

A former competitive athlete with ambitions on the track it is no surprise that one of her childhood heroes is a legend of UK long distance running. 

Her fantasy dinner dates reveal a fascination on the adventures of others and name three women from history whose stories would be an equal for anyone’s. 

When it comes to telling her own story, if it could be simply that she made a difference for the better to someone’s future she would be content. 

This week, Kim Lewington, of Gloucestershire Airport-based charity fly2help, takes on TheRaikes Journal’s 20 Question challenge. 

Pictured: Kim Lewington in front of a plane belonging to Richard Goodwin, of Rich Goodwin Airshows

Question: What is your favourite film or series? 

 Answer: Top Gun. 

Q: You’re hosting a dinner party and can invite any three guests from any time in history. Who would they be and why? 

A: Audrey Hepburn- Because there is something very magical about her. 

Amy Johnson. I can listen to aviation stories all day long. I am also fascinated by her and other female roles in the Air Transport Auxiliary.  

Karen Carpenter- so she could sing at the party. I would love her to be around now and be able to get help for her anorexia.

A: Being able to make a difference to people’s lives  

Q: What is the hardest part of your job? 

 A: Not being able to help everyone 

Q: Who was your childhood hero or the person you looked up to? 

 A: Sebastian Coe. I ran for the county and my dream was to run in the Olympics.!

Q: Where is your favourite place in Gloucestershire? 

A: Chosen Hill, Coopers Hill or Leckhampton hill. In fact any hill to see the view of Gloucestershire.

Q: What advice would you give to anyone starting out now? 

A: Take every opportunity that you are offered to learn and volunteer to build on your soft skills.

Q: Was there a mistake or piece of bad luck which changed things for the better? 

A: I didn’t get offered a place in the RAF which has lead me to a career in the aviation industry which I have loved and met some incredible people.

Q: What is your favourite piece of music? 

A: Far too hard to choose as I love music.

Q: What qualities do you look for in a new member of staff? 

A: Willingness to learn.

Q: What is your favourite pudding?  

A: Tiramisu  

Q: Has the coronavirus pandemic changed how you see the world? 

A: Yes. I have discovered so many new local places to visit.  

Q: Has any business person or business from Gloucestershire stood out for you during the pandemic (if may have been a small gesture, a giant statement, a decision made)? 

A: For me it was the Primrose Vale Farm shop. During lockdown they went above and beyond to provide essentials and made it very easy for customers. I really appreciate the efforts made by small businesses to keep their staff working and to be there for their customers. 

Q: If it was in the name of pleasure – would it be car, bicycle, walk, run, swim? 

A: Run. 

Q: What is the best thing about living/working in Gloucestershire? 

A: The countryside.  

Q: If you could wave a magic wand to achieve what you wanted to at work, what would it be? 

A: Lots of money invested into the charity so we could set up an Aviation Academy. 

Q: What’s your biggest frustration? 

A: People not looking after their environment. I have a big issue with the litter being left in local parks etc.  

Q: If you could start again and had to do something else, what would it be? 

A: A running coach. I am currently a run leader and have my own running group through the England Athletics Run Together Programme called Run2Help. The runners make donations for fly2help. We have raised £5,000 so far.  

Q: What Gloucestershire event would you choose to attend over all others and why? 

A: RIAT Fairford. 

Q: If you had to recommend a pub or restaurant in Gloucestershire, what would it be and why?  

A: The Lock Keepers at Highnam, Gloucester. It is a lovely setting with very friendly staff. 

Q: What would you like to be remembered for? 

A: Making a difference for the better to someone’s future. 

 

Kim Lewington is Aim High manager at fly2help. Fly2help is all about using the inspirational experiences of flight to challenge, inspire, support and motivate young people – be that into careers in the sector, or simply to raise their self-esteem and confidence.

Aim High is a careers and skills advisory programme that helps young people between the ages of 14 and 18 years old learn about the different pathways into a career in the aviation and aerospace industries.

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First published on September 26, 2020.