Blue Peter action girl joins Red Arrows flypast

Helen Skelton in the lead Red Arrow Flying over College Hall at RAF Cranwell today (Tuesday). Photo: Lee Blake.
Helen Skelton in the lead Red Arrow Flying over College Hall at RAF Cranwell today (Tuesday). Photo: Lee Blake.

Blue Peter presenter and action girl Helen Skelton took to the skies over Sleaford with the Red Arrows this week for a Red Nose Day Challenge.

The dare-devil presenter went on the ride of her life which saw her fly with the RAF’s aerobatic display team today (Tuesday).

As well as preparing her body and mind for the flight with the Arrows, Helen has been in the area working with Sleaford Air Cadets to raise money in the region.

The RAF Cranwell-based cadets have been planning a series of air-themed fundraisers and Helen rewarded them with an extra special fly past as the cadets laid out a Comic Relief display down below on The Orange in front of College Hall.

“I’ve walked a high wire to raise money but I’ve never done a challenge at this height or this speed before! I’m nervous and excited and I just hope it inspires people in Lincolnshire to get sponsored to do something challenging this Red Nose Day,” she said.

“It’s really important that we all rally together. I’ve seen first-hand how Comic Relief makes a big difference and changes people’s lives for the better, both here in the UK and in Africa. So what are you waiting for? Join the challenge!”

Helen has kayaked down the Amazon, walked a high wire above Battersea Power Station and trekked to the South Pole. This time her task is different. She is going to extraordinary lengths to inspire the British public to do their own sponsored challenges and raise money for Red Nose Day.

This is the third of Helen’s Magnificent 7 challenges for Red Nose Day 2013. She’s already tried to kick a conversion in front of 82,000 rugby fans at Twickenham and performed in two musicals in London’s West End in an evening.

You can watch Helen’s Magnificent 7 every Thursday for the next five weeks on Blue Peter, Thursdays at 5.45pm on CBBC. For more information and ideas about your own challenges, visit