Flight to Spain from Port Talbot’s little known airfield aims to aid heroes
08 August 2019
Ex RAF members Andy Roberts and Andy Hodder are to take off for Spain from Port Talbot’s Old Park Farm airfield in Margam in a tiny microlight aircraft in a bid to raise money for the Help For Heroes armed forces charity.
Andy Roberts, 56, former Chief Engineer to the daring Red Arrows RAF display team, and his ex-RAF colleague Andy Hodder, of Nottingham, will be waved off from the airfield at Margam on Monday, August 19th, (weather permitting) by the Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, Cllr Rob Jones.
The fliers will head to the town of La Axarquia in Southern Spain near Malaga where Andy Hodder now lives.
Andy Roberts said: “The trip will see us make our way along the south of England and crossing the channel at Dover to reach Calais. We will work our way down the western side of France to reach the Normandy region.
“As it is the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings this year we will be making some flights over the landing beaches to honour the memory of those who didn't return and also to commemorate the anniversary.
“We will then continue south and cross over the Spanish/French border near Perpignan and follow the coastline down eastern Spain.
“As the whole trip is quite a feat in the small aircraft, we wanted to maybe try and raise some funds for our modern day military heroes at the same time by highlighting our Just Giving page supporting the Help for Heroes charity.
“It would be fantastic if those reading this could donate any amount they see fit to this very worthwhile cause and continue to support Help for Heroes. The page can be reached on the following address.” https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/andy-hodder
The little known, unpaved airfield at Margam (also referred to as a farmstrip) is used mainly by microlight aircraft and occasionally by small, light aeroplanes and helicopters.
Cllr Jones said: “I don’t think many people realised we had an airstrip in Port Talbot so this charitable flight will raise its profile but more importantly, it will help raise money for the Help for Heroes charity which was set up in 2007 to help provide better facilities for British servicemen and women wounded or injured in the line of duty.”