Wounded, injured and sick service (WIS) personnel today had an amazing opportunity fly a microlight and drive a racing car in just one day.
The Flying For Freedom team, which is currently flying around Britain in microlights, were in Thruxton today. Members of the WIS community had the chance to take a taster flight piloted by their injured comrades. The aim of this round Britain trip is to inspire them during their recovery and hopefully be the first step on their route to becoming a pilot. The team will continue on their journey on Friday to Colchester, followed by York and ending the trip in Preston on 17th July.
Mission Motorsport, which helps the recovery and rehabilitation of those affected by military operations by providing opportunities through motorsport, were also in Thruxton day. Wounded, injured and sick Servicemen or women who wanted the opportunity to give motor racing a go were invited to come down to the track and get in a racing car. Mission Motorsport’s training and vocational programs have seen over 50 wounded, injured or sick servicemen and women enter employment in the last two years.
Both Flying for Freedom and Mission Motorsport are supported by the Endeavour Fund, a project led by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. It aims to support wounded, injured and sick Service Personnel and Veterans using sport and adventurous challenges as part of their recovery and rehabilitation.
Andrea had her first taste of flying in a microlight. She explains: “I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was great to be above the hustle and bustle and see the world from a different perspective. I’m definitely keen to find out more about other opportunities available for wounded, injured and sick Service personnel.”
Anyone who would like to find out more about the Endeavour Fund and opportunities available should visit www.endeavourfund.co.uk or email [email protected]