It has been a busy month in Scotland. One of the main events was the Flying for Freedom day Flying for Freedom are in partnership with Help for Heroes and the Endeavour Fund of the Royal Foundation.
On Tuesday 12 July at Perth Aerodrome, 4 Band of Brothers arrived for their briefing. This was the first time that Flying for Freedom had visited Scotland. A short explanation of the day ahead and then we were kitted out with our individual flying suits “onesie”, ski gloves and helmets, which had comms installed. Each of the BoBs were taken over to their microlight, given a brief on what to touch, what NOT to touch and emergency procedures.
It was a stunning day with blue skies. The obligatory photos were taken – Mike (instructor) Darren and myself in the photo below, and then we got down to the serious business. It was a 2 seater and I sat in the back, while Mike got in the front. Securely fastened and checks made, clearance from the Tower, and off we went and within no time we were at 2500 feet. We soared high above the clouds. Then something amazing happened – a Brocken Spectre! This is when we are above the clouds with the sun’s rays shining down and our reflection in the clouds below us. Very spiritual indeed. I hoped that Darren was seeing it too. I took the controls for about ½ hour and loved every minute of it although it was hard work on the arms.
Micro lighting enables you to feel free and be at peace with yourself and the world. It is possible for you to fly with almost any disability and your inner strength and confidence comes to the fore. I honestly would recommend anybody to have a go. Darren, one of the other BoBs who came along had not been out of his house for 3 years. He absolutely loved it stating, “This is just a wonderful thing, I feel alive again”. Now, for me, that makes it all worthwhile!
Up north at Roseisle beach near Kinloss, there was a BBQ going on. BoB Ian got together with Trisha and Will Little and their kids for a BBQ. “We had a really great time”.
We were very lucky to be donated a canal boat by Seagull Cruises with 9 BoB/BoS with 4 new engagers “dipping their toe in the water” so to speak. They all had a fantastic day as the photo shows.
At the Inveraray Highland Games, as you can see by the photo, the Owens family were hands on with some of the RM Weapons and gym equipment. It was a lovely day and Catherine stated “The day was superb, great weather for it. Such a full day, the wee one loved the highland dancing. My niece Ellie was up for taking on the Marines and smashed their challenge! Thanks for a great day”.
So what's coming up?
- The Black Watch Museum in Perth with the Weeping Poppy exhibition (and a BoB/BoS get together) on Wednesday 10 August
- Deeside Festival of Speed at Aboyne on Sunday 21 August
- Edinburgh Botanical Gardens Tour Thursday 1 September with coffee/cake afterwards
- Meet & Greet Aberdeen on Friday 2 September
- Wheelchair Taster – Stirling Wednesday 7 September
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