Transatlantic Balloon Challenge

Mike and Deborah’s Transatlantic Balloon Challenge

Blind veteran Mike Scholes and his partner Deborah Day are planning an ambitious challenge to fly a balloon across the Atlantic Ocean. The challenge, which will see them setting world records, is also designed to raise the profile of Blind Veterans UK, a charity that has supported Mike since 2008.

Deborah and her registered blind partner Mike plan to fly a balloon across the Atlantic. She will be the first lady to captain a balloon for this epic journey and will also set female distance and possibly duration records. Mike will also be the first registered blind person to crew on such a flight. 

Deborah and Mike have collected or been promised lots of equipment and help but still need more contributions to get their dream "off the ground". A full list of equipment and services still required can be provided.

Mike served as a pilot in the Royal Navy and flew gliders before taking up ballooning. He has set five British duration records amongst many other achievements and was presented with the Royal Aero Club Bronze Medal by HRH The Duke of York in 2007.

Although Deborah will be the captain, Mike, who lost his sight in 2007, will monitor the flight while she sleeps using a specially designed talking computer.

He is a qualified sports massage therapist and will give the first 100 donors of £100 or more a free one-hour sports massage at the Vinings Natural Health Centre in Haywards Heath.

Mike and Deborah will be grateful for any donations to help make this historic flight happen as well as promoting the work of Blind Veterans UK.


  • Sally Weston 
    • £10 
    • 4 mos
  • Helga Anne Wick 
    • £30 
    • 5 mos
  • Jeff Roberts 
    • £25 
    • 5 mos
  • catherine hart 
    • £20 
    • 5 mos
  • Grant Bedford 
    • £50 
    • 12 mos
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Mike Scholes 
Lindfield, South East England, United Kingdom
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