A CUDDINGTON daredevil has taken to the skies to raise vital funds for a charity that has been close to his heart for many years.

Matt Eagles, 51, was diagnosed with Parkinson's when he was just seven years of age, but he hasn't let the condition stop him raising vital funds for national charity, Parkinson's UK.

Having previously taken on challenges such as abseiling down Manchester Town Hall and completing a 10,000 feet skydive over Shropshire, Matt returned to the skies on October 8 when he was strapped to the top of a bi-plane for a wing walk.

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Matt Eagles, who has lived with Parkinson's for 45 year, completed the wing walk for charity. (Credit Luke Jackson-Clark)

Matt, was joined for the sky high adventure by Anne Twist, mum to singer Harry Styles, and her friend Sandra Meighan. Anne supports Parkinson's UK because her father Brian is living with the condition.

Matt said: "I want to say thank you so much to each and every person who has supported this challenge and for your amazing words of encouragement.

"It was definitely a pretty nerve-wracking experience and I’m happy to have my feet back on the ground.

"I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1975 and I’m determined to do what I can to improve the lives of everyone living with the condition, and hopefully one day find a cure."

Matt's challenge has managed to raise an incredible £1,724 so far, which will go towards pioneering research projects supported by the charity, as well as vital support for people affected by the condition.

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Matt flying in the skies above Gloucestershire. (Credit Luke Jackson-Clark)

He was also joined for the wing walk, which took place in the skies above Gloucestershire, by Paul Jackson-Clark, Director of Engagement at Parkinson's UK.

He said: "We are so grateful to Matt for his incredible support for Parkinson’s UK, and we want to say a huge thank you to him for taking on this daring challenge for the charity.

"His determination to raise as much as he can helps us drive forward the pioneering research we urgently need to transform the lives of people affected by the condition."

Parkinson’s is the fastest growing neurological condition in the world, and currently there is no cure.

In the UK, around 145,000 people are already living with Parkinson’s, including 15,256 in the North West. There are over 40 symptoms of the condition, from tremor and pain to anxiety.

To donate to Matt’s fundraising visit his JustGiving page.