Following a career in the Royal Navy Police, two years ago Peter suffered an ankle infection that became so serious that he had to have his left leg amputated above the knee. It was devastating for him, unable to walk the dog or mow the lawn. His feelings of inadequacy were so strong that if it were not for his wife’s strength, and her ability to lift him out of his depression, he didn’t know what he would have done.

“My scholarship made me finally realise that having one leg was not an obstacle and in particular was not an obstacle to flying an aeroplane. More importantly, it also made me recognise the fact that with the support of my family, friends and my unique peer group, I could push on through that metaphysical steel wall that had always carried the sign, ‘You cannot do this!’ “

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