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This man is trying to break a world record in Cambridge – and he needs your help

A Cambridge charity will be aiming high this year, when it tries to break a world paper plane-making record.

The attempt will take place on October, 14 and will see over 4,000 paper plane enthusiasts land on Parker's Piece.

Over 12,000 paper planes are needed to break the record which saw 1,924 people make 5,826 paper planes.

The event is part of the Please Take Me There charity’s ‘Fly Through Cancer’ campaign, which is raising funds to buy a specially prepared aeroplane to transport sick children.

The coming months will be spent recruiting 'record breakers' across the city.

Fernando Pinho is attempting to break the world record for most paper aeroplanes made in 15 minutes

Charity founder and paper plane lover, Fernando Pinho said: "Please Take Me There is focused on positive actions which produce real, practical and measurable results for children who need our help.

"We are very excited about this event, we aim to bring 4,000 members of the local community together to do something which will be inspiring and memorable for the whole city, as well as raising funds and awareness for our 'fly through cancer' campaign."

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He continued: "Transport is a very real problem which can prohibit children reaching the treatment or care they need.

"We plan to get a small aeroplane to provide transport for these children and by joining us for our amazing paper-plane challenge you can help that become a reality."

The world record attempt will take place on Parker's Piece (Image: Richard Patterson)

The Please Take Me There team will spend the next six months, visiting local schools which will see a focus in teaching children about humanitarian aid, and the charity's work in Myanmar, Ghana and the UK.

The children will also be taught how to make the perfect- NASA standard- paper plane.

Fernando continued: "We will be giving people the chance to learn how to make the very best paper plane, as quickly as possible."

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Although the focus is on the city's school children, (as participants must be over seven to participate) everyone is invited to take part.

The charity wants to more than double the current record to ensure it stands the test of time and is aiming to gather 4,000 people making around 12,000 planes in 15 minutes.

Parkside Community College is the first to support the programme. Headteacher Jodh Dhesi said: "We are delighted to be part of this campaign.

Jodh Dhesi

"It is an important part of our school ethos to encourage children to work with charities, and to work proactively to help others.

"This campaign will really appeal to our students – they can get involved and be part of something rare and memorable by attempting to break a world record, as well as helping other children who really need support.

"It will be a great event and a real spectacle to see all the paper planes fly at once right here on Parker’s Piece."

Would you be able to break the world record?

People can sign up by going to pleasetakemethere.org/Worldrecord – there they will find information about the event.

For a small fee of £5.30 participants guarantee their place at the World Record event.

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By participating you will be helping to raise money for ‘Fly Through Cancer’ a programme dedicated to helping fund a life changing airplane, that will help children and their families get access to treatment, appointments, family gatherings or visit the places of their dreams.

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