I have so much gratitude to Rich for that day. It has made such an impact on my life.
Back in 2012 I was diagnosed with renal failure (90% scaring on both kidneys). At the time I couldn’t see my future or what was going to happen to me. I met Rich through my brother in law who helped organise my very first flight in a light aircraft as a surprise. Aviation has been my passion since the age of 6 and it was on my bucket list.
It was to be the turning point of my mindset and my fight against the disease. The flight was magnificent – flying over the British coast on a sunny Sunday morning. They were images that stayed with me during the darkest days of my long treatment in hospital. The confines of the hospital ward were quickly eradicated when I closed my eyes and took myself back to that day and the limitless sky.
I looked over at Rich during the flight and was in awe. Once back on the ground I made a commitment to myself that I WILL get better and I WILL be a pilot. Needless to say 6 months after my transplant I started flight training and I am now a qualified pilot of 200+ logged hours to my name.