Scholar Stories

  • April 7, 2017 @ 11 am

    Rebecca Giddings

    “In May 2014 I led a very busy life. I was planning a holiday to Mexico, I was Head of Compliance for a merchant bank and in my spare time I would train in martial arts, ride a motorbike and was doing a PhD. Little did I…

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  • April 8, 2017 @ 2 pm

    Matthew Monaghan

    “Being able to fly will free me from the shackles of my disability. It would show the world that no matter what problems I have, I am still capable of doing something amazing. I may not be able to run or ride a bike like able bodied…

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  • December 16, 2016 @ 4 pm

    Bethany Colburn

    Bethany was born with cerebral palsy affecting her mobility so she knows all about the constrictions that her condition imposes physically.

    “Throughout my life I have always attempted to hide my disability. Continually pushing forward, life was a constant fight to prove myself and let nothing hold me back.” When I began my scholarship story, for the first time things were different. FSDP already believed in me; I…

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  • January 5, 2017 @ 4 pm

    Claire White

    Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and colon cancer ten years ago Claire was forced to give up work and all the physical activities she loved so much.

    “I can’t believe what a difference this has made, I now have a ‘can do’ attitude to everything” Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and colon cancer ten years ago Claire was forced to give up work and all the physical activities she loved so much. A chance meeting…

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  • January 30, 2017 @ 2 pm

    Paul May

    Since Paul was awarded a scholarship and joined the FSDP family in 2014 he has become a changed man.

    “Throughout school I was subjected to constant bullying and name-calling. This started me on the road to doubting myself and feeling uncomfortable around people” Paul has suffered from an invisible disability since birth, haemophilia. This results in him bleeding longer after an injury and easy bruising; as…

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  • December 5, 2016 @ 2 pm

    Karen Cox

    Karen suffers from osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia and hypermobility syndrome and has always struggled to accept that she is disabled.

    “So this is me. A 40+ disabled mother of three about to embark on what is probably the most life changing journey since I became a mother.  I have been given an incredible gift of a flying scholarship by FSDP and I am going to make the…

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  • January 5, 2017 @ 4 pm

    Peter Lau

    While learning to fly Peter built up a real rapport with his training partner.

    “My life changing accident left me paralysed from the chest down. Lots of things changed in the blink of an eye for me, my wife and my family. I lost everything. It’s hard to express how I feel about my loss as every element of my life…

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  • July 9, 2017 @ 12 pm

    Sherrill Semple

    “I was diagnosed with Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP) in my late 20’s. I had no idea how it would affect me and how much my mobility would be restricted and just how much of an impact it would have on my confidence. After being a very active…

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