Suffolk farmer Giles Abrey touches down in Cape Town after five-week charity solo flight
A farmer who has spent the last five weeks carrying out a solo flight to Cape Town has completed the last leg of his journey.
Giles Abrey, 46, touched down in the South African capital on Tuesday after crossing 13 countries in a plane he has been building since 2007.
The adventure was inspired by a book about the first flight from the UK to Cape Town which was carried out by Alex Henshaw in February 1939.
“I’d read a book about Alex Henshaw’s solo flight and was absolutely fascinated,” said Giles, who hails from Groton near Sudbury and runs his family business in East Wretham near Thetford.
“The test of endurance is one of the things I like most about flying, and getting to fly my own plane for five weeks to South Africa, where I got my pilot’s licence, sounded like a dream come true.”
Giles undertook the challenge to raise money for three charities close to his heart - The Institute of Cancer Research in London, Farm Africa and GeeWizz.
He has so far raised more than £36,500 of his £60,000 target and said he had been blown away by the support he had received during his time in the air.
“Although this has been a solo adventure to remote parts of the world, it’s never felt
like that,” he said. “I’ve had so much support and encouragement both before and during the trip and I’ve met so many great people on my journey that I’m still in contact with.
“Everyone has been so interested and enthusiastic in helping me get to Cape Town
and raise funds for these three amazing charities.”
Giles boarded a commercial plane back to Suffolk earlier this week - a well deserved rest after the 7,750-mile flight.
“I can’t wait to get back and see my family, who I’ve missed so much over the last five weeks. It will be nice to be on a flight I can fall asleep on too,” he said.
More by this authorRhoda Morrison