Wings for Warriors - £10,000
A future worth fighting for
Aberdeenshire-based charity Wings for Warriors enables injured servicemen and women to re-train as professional pilots. At the end of 2016, Wings for Warriors received a £10,000 donation from the Crerar Trust towards an aircraft.
In July 2018, the Trust was delighted to receive an update from Wings for Warriors. The plane part-funded by the Crerar Trust has been used by the charity to help wounded veteran Nathan Forster gain his Commercial Flying License. Following a lot of hard work as well as a partnership between the charity and airline company TUI, Nathan was able to start his new career after life in the armed forces.
From Helmand to high flying
In 2011 Nathan was seriously injured whilst on patrol with his unit in Afghanistan. His wounds were too severe to allow him to continue his service. Whilst in rehab, he developed a passion for flying.
Determined to make something of his new interest, Nathan underwent initial pilot training at his own expense. However, taking his training any further was prohibitively expensive. Fortunately, Wings for Warriors was able to put together a training package for Nathan, which included getting his Licence and a multi-engine rating qualification.
A new career with TUI
Through a combination of his own determination, skill and hard work, Nathan succeeded in passing all his exams. Whilst working towards his License, Wings for Warriors was forging a relationship with TUI, the world’s largest charter airline flying more than 11 million passengers a year.
TUI were impressed with the aims of Wing for Warriors and invited Nathan to interview. Consequently, Nathan was invited to join the ranks of TUI and is now a Second Officer on the Boeing 737-800. Alongside his fellow Wings for Warrior alumni, he's proud to show the way for both disabled servicemen and all disabled people.