1:40pm Saturday 6th June 2009
By Standard reporter
A COTSWOLDS-based charity has pledged its on-going support for a scholarship scheme that helps disabled people to learn to fly.
The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust, parent charity of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises which runs the Royal International Air Tattoo each July, has announced that it will sponsor a scholarship within the Royal International Air Tattoo Flying Scholarships for the Disabled Trust (FSD Trust) scheme.
The FSD Trust was established by the Royal International Air Tattoo in 1983 in memory of its former president, Group Captain Sir Douglas Bader.
It gives disabled people the opportunity to realise their full potential through the pleasure, the thrill and freedom of flying.
To qualify for the Trust-sponsored scholarship, the disabled person should either be a past or present member of the RAF or their dependants.
Chairman of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust, Air Chief Marshal Sir John Cheshire, said: "The Trustees are delighted to be able to support in perpetuity the valuable work of the FSD Trust scheme which, so far, has helped nearly 300 people learn to fly."
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