Simon was born with pseudo achondroplasia; a form of restricted growth which causes pain in his joints and back. Standing at under five feet he has often been on the receiving end of inappropriate jokes, stares and people not taking his opinions seriously; leading to a lack of confidence. .

He has had a passion for aviation since he was a young boy. Today he satisfies this passion with visits to Manchester Airport where he listens in to the Air Traffic Controllers on his scanner and by watching aviation documentaries on TV.

“A scholarship would be a life changing and challenging experience for me. Being able to fly would give me real pride in myself and boost my confidence. I would be able to hold my head high and show others with my condition what can be achieved.”

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