A year ago whilst skiing in Switzerland, Jamie fell and broke his back and sternum resulting in paralysis from the chest down. Having been a farmer since he left Agricultural College in 1991, doing all the farm work himself, he now faces life in a wheelchair unable to operate his farm machinery.
Whilst in Stoke Mandeville he met another farmer with similar disabilities who told him he had his pilot’s licence and flew his own aircraft from his farm. Always having loved aviation, this spurred him to research opportunities for people in a wheelchair to learn to fly and he came across FSDP.
“I applied for a scholarship because I believe learning to fly will spur me onto start looking at different directions I could pursue post-accident. One day I’d like to re install an air strip on the farm.”