June 29, 2015

Aerobility Flyer, Pauline Gallagher, takes on the Freedom of Flight Challenge!

It's been a long time in the planning but last week Aerobility Flyer Pauline Gallagher stated her Freedom of Flight Challenge to raise funds for Aerobility and FSDP.

The Freedom of Flight Relay Challenge will cover most counties in Scotland. Each leg of the relay will still be flown by a disabled pilot. The first stage of the challenge was completed last week. However due to bad weather, the second stage of the challenge has been postponed and the new date is 31st July.

The aims of this challenge is to raise awareness of disabled flying in the United Kingdom; raise much needed funds to support those using the power of flight to increase confidence and self esteem; and bring together everyone in the community of disabled pilots, qualified or in training, in a shared endeavour which will inspire the wider population.

As Aerobility Flyer, Pauline knows flying a light aircraft is a mentally and physically demanding activity, more so when you have constraints in the physical world. One disabled pilot has said that "…flying gives me the freedom that I don't have on the ground"; while another really articulates the fulfilment and transformation in their quality of life by saying that learning to fly "…has given me a real sense of achievement and pride in myself again".

Meeting the challenge of disabled pilots flying around the United Kingdom in order to support Aerobility operations and contribute towards a scholarship for Flying Scholarships for Disabled People will cost in the region of £25,000. It's still not too late to donate, if you would like to support Pauline please visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=FreedomOfFlight&isTeam=true

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