I was medically discharged from the Navy in 2004 (aged 23 years) with severe back and neck injuries following a powerboat crash whilst in service and have been in pain every day since. Two years ago, my back gave out and I temporarily lost the use of my legs - I have always been very active and self-reliant, so this was a huge blow. After joining Help for Heroes, Band of Brothers I was introduced to Aerobility, which was incredible, as I've always wanted to fly!
get such a buzz from flying and have found my drive and ambition to achieve again. When I was out of work and living on benefits I felt so restricted – now my world has now opened up. The freedom I feel in the air helps me manage my pain and it feels so great to be using my brain again. My flying scholarship is an opportunity I never thought I would have and I know that if I push myself I can become a commercial pilot.’
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