Jon Hilton

Just trying to raise money for a good cause

Fundraising for Clatterbridge Cancer Charity
raised of £100,000 target
Round the World in a Microlight, 22 December 2011
Participants: Round the World in a Microlight
We raise money for research, care & support to help cancer patients get the best care.


I’ve had a couple of goes at writing this and every time I’ve reread it, I’ve sounded like a twit.

I’m in my 50’s now and I guess you could say I’ve done a reasonable amount with my life. Some of the events that follow were done to raise money for other charities and they pre-date JustGiving. I did the other things because I’m easily bored.

I’ve ran the Berlin, Paris, New York, Moscow, Reykjavik, Los Angeles and Sahara Marathons. Plus the San Diego triathlon and the British, Italian, and South Korean I.M. events. I’ve done a bike ride around Beijing, swam a relay across the Channel, picked up a Black belt in Ju Jitzu, ran the bulls at Pamplona, and got the very basic ‘solo’ free fall parachuting licence.

It has to be said that whilst I might seem sporty, I’m incredibly normal and boring.

And I learnt to fly in Missouri at 22 and had planned to pursue a career in aviation but a lack of funds, pride, stupidity, a woman, a civil war, and a corneal ulcer got in the way.

Strangely, that led to my working in the lighting industry and I was instrumental in putting searchlights on the Eiffel Tower and lighting the Millennium ‘Wobbly’ Bridge across the Thames.

These days I run a legal services business during the week and fly my little aircraft, India Zulu, as a distraction from work. ie. I simply fly for fun. I’m not a commercial pilot, but I’m reasonably experienced.

In general, I’ve flown into two-thirds of the UK's airfields, flown her to Canada and back, had a stab at flying around the world (only got as far as the Middle East), won the GPS category of the Round Britain Microlight rally, been presented with the Britannia Trophy by royalty, written two boring books about flying, and maybe I was getting bored, again.

So, the thought came to me to do something a little more altruistic with my time, hence the Charity Flights.

The Civil Aviation Authority's "Charity Flying Rules" say I have to pay all the flying costs (fuel, landing fees, maintenance costs, insurance, hangarage, Permit inspections and general paperwork). I can not take cash, or payments in kind, from anyone. All donations need to go through this site.

If we fly together your flight will be completely at my expense. Hopefully after we've flown, you'll then donate any sum you feel comfortable with to this Cancer Charity.

So, what do I get from this ? An excuse to go flying. You get a different perspective on the world. And the charity receives your donation. Win, win, win.

To this point, 2024, I’ve flown a couple of hundred or so people around the skies of the North West.

Please text me on 07746 184198 if you want to fly or generally chat about making a donation.


Jon Hilton, Director. Legal Brokers Ltd,,

Flying stuff.

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Why have I written all this down ? I don’t have any certificates or memorabilia at home (they're tucked away in my memory box) and one day I want my 13 year old daughter to stumble upon this text, hopefully think I’m a decent person, and be inspired to fill her life with memories.

What’s left for me to do ? If I can retire early I wouldn’t mind having another stab at flying round the world. And I’d quite like to fly in Tanzania in support of the anti-poaching patrols overhead the Serengeti.

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