102-year-old WWII Veteran Pilot Abseils For Charity

102-year-old WWII Veteran Pilot Abseils For Charity | World War Wings Videos

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It’s not every day you see a 102-year-old as active and brave as Colin Bell, a WWII veteran. Back in WWII, Bell was a Flight Lieutenant and a Mosquito bomber pilot.

Bell flew a total of 50 bombing raids over Germany, a commendable achievement for the young pilot. Now, eight decades after the war, Bell wanted to embark on another challenge – He wanted to abseil 17 stories down the side of the Royal London Hospital.

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According to him, this was all part of a fundraising drive for three charities – the Royal College of Nursing Foundation, the RAF Benevolent Fund, and the London Air Ambulance.

Here’s what he had to say:

“I may be 102 years old, but I want to do my bit and raise money for these amazing charities. I’m glad to be doing something that can help – quite frankly, at my age I’m glad to be doing anything!”

Bell was also asked by a journalist if he was nervous yet. To which the veteran replied:

“No. I don’t frighten easy.”

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