Until five years ago Saavik was an active young man with a job as a trainee mechanic, as well as running a successful IT department for a publishing company. He was then involved in two road accidents that left him with a painful damaged back, mobility problems and, after being bed bound for six months, unemployed. All this led to a period of depression and to compound his problems, he became homeless.

Saavik found himself living at the local YMCA, a difficult transition with his disability. But he used this time to become involved in the community and all the areas of the YMCA to support others in need.

“I have wanted to learn to fly as long as I can remember. The scholarship challenged me on every level and had reinstated my motivation and confidence”

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