Despite being born with Spina Bifida, Ann decided she wanted to be a pilot when she was only seven. When she was told by the Air Cadets that she couldn’t join because of her disability she was heartbroken. She was constantly told what she wasn’t able to do and feels she was seen as a failure from a young age by everyone apart from her family.

Despite being in a wheelchair she cared for her mother during her final flight with cancer and is now looks after her father who is very frail at 95.

“Since my mother’s death I have lost my desire for life and feel lost and alone. My mother always understood my passion to be a pilot. She told me stories about Douglas Bader and how inspirational he was. I think that a scholarship will change my life by making me believe in myself again”

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