(Photo: Grahame Larter / Surrey Announcer)
A charity for people with disabilities based at Blackbushe Airport raised over £ 115,000 at a fundraising event.
Aerobility announced the final fundraising figure on Dec. 21 at its November Airmen Ball, which will allow hundreds of additional people with disabilities to participate in flying scholarships. The ball included an auction with items that attendees could bid on.
The association was founded in 1993 and offers disabled people, without exception, the opportunity to fly an airplane.
Mike Miller-Smith, CEO of Aerobility, said, “What can we say other than thank you to everyone who attended the event and bid on the incredible auction lots on offer. For us, the feat does not concern the number of kilos collected but the number of lives of individuals that we will now be able to change by giving them the chance to fly.
“Flying on planes is something many people with disabilities don’t even dream of, but we’re here to make sure it doesn’t. We work around the clock to make sure our planes and flight instructors can take off with adaptations for all levels of disabilities. “
He added: “My final thanks must go to our epic supporters, without whom this event would not have been possible – 2Excel, Breitling and NATS.
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart and to everyone whose life will be enhanced by the gift of flight.”
Aerobility helps people with disabilities enjoy aviation regardless of their needs and aspirations.
It flies with up to 1,000 people a year, many of whom are wounded, injured and ill members of the armed forces community.
Blackbushe Airport is located near Yateley, Hampshire and Camberley, Surrey. Built during WWII, Blackbushe lies north of the A30 road between Camberley and Hook.
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