FLIGHT CREW OF 2014 – EARN YOUR WINGS
Inaugural Flying Muscle Dream Programme
Taking place on FRI 19 + SAT 20 SEPT, 2014
The Muscle Help Foundation is looking to invite two (2) young Muscle Warrior hopefuls to Earn Their Wings on our inaugural 2014 FLYING MUSCLE DREAM PROGRAMME
We are delighted to announce that our partners for this exciting programme are:
TAG Farnborough Airport
AeroBility [the home of disabled flying], Reg Charity No. 1149629 at Blackbushe Airport
The Village Urban Resort Hotel Farnborough
As always, there will be some unforgettable moments as well as a few surprises along the way – meals, refreshments and an overnight stay at a hotel in Farnborough are included, plus a contribution towards travel costs will be made
MAKING FLYING ACCESSIBLE FOR ALL
AeroBility is a user led charity run largely by disabled aviators with experienced instructors trained to work with disabled individuals using adapted aircraft, making flying accessible for all
OUR AIM WITH THIS NEW PROGRAMME
Our aim is to take a pioneering stance by giving a highly-personalised flying experience to young people with Muscular Dystrophy by encouraging them to literally take-the-controls in level flight and in so doing, give them a powerful sense of real achievement underpinned by greater self-belief, improved confidence and personal resilience
In broadening beneficiary horizons, we aim to transform a person’s outlook and encourage a desire to experience new things in their lives
Answer the question below – using no more than 150 words tell us just how much you love flying and how much it would mean to you to ‘EARN YOUR WINGS’ as part of this new programme – the more creative and fun your nomination is, the better! Perhaps write a short flight log or a poem – you decide!
QUESTION: how much would it mean to you to ‘EARN YOUR WINGS’ by taking the controls in level flight but also experiencing a totally exclusive insight into one of Europe’s best private business jet facilities used by celebrities, movie stars, music icons and the occasional football team!
Should any potential beneficiaries have a learning disability, Mum's and/or Dad's and/or brothers / sisters etc are encouraged to help with your nomination – we like nominations that make us laugh, so the more fun and creative, the better!
WHAT TO DO NOW
1) Email your 150 words to: firstname.lastname@example.org later than FRIDAY 12th SEPTEMBER
2) You MUST include the full name & age (DOB) of the potential beneficiary
3) You MUST include contact details ie. email address, telephone landline & mobile (that we can contact you on)
4) You MUST include type of muscular dystrophy
5) You MUST tell us whether the potential beneficiary is a manual and/or electric wheelchair user
6) You MUST tell us where/how you heard about this opportunity
IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT THIS PROGRAMME
1. Minimum age (girls & boys) = 10yrs, maximum age = 28yrs
2. Up to a maximum of three (3) family member’s incl one (1) beneficiary will be able to go in the aeroplane
3. In cases of extreme muscle weakness, where breathing support is needed or the head needs support, solutions are available
4. Hoisting is often necessary for those with the inability to self transfer
5. AeroBility have a tried and tested hoist system which we have seen, enabling safe access into the aircraft
6. AeroBility are regulated and approved by the Civil Aviation Authority
7. The charity will inform each family by phone within 48hrs of the deadline
8. Submissions received after this date will NOT be included in the charity's final selection process
9. The charity's decision is final
Incomplete nominations ie. those that do NOT have ALL the required information as requested above may NOT be accepted
Priority is given to young people (girls & boys) who have NOT been the recipient of either a unique Muscle Dream or one of the charity's Muscle Dream programmes in the last 2 years (24 months)– as with all Muscle Dream activities, our beneficiary audience are children and young people in the UK suffering from the muscle wasting disease, MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY and allied neuromuscular conditions.
KEY CRITERIA – SAFETY FIRST & FOREMOST
Safety first and foremost are of vital importance – our aim is to ensure that all beneficiaries and those involved have a brilliant experience – indemnity forms will need to be completed along with the charity's Medical Recipient and Muscle Dream Profile forms – additionally, a FITNESS TO FLY DECLARATION (via AeroBility) will also need to be signed – these forms will be emailed once the chosen beneficiaries have been accepted onto the programme
FILMING + PHOTOGRAPHY
The programme may be filmed and photographed; the charity will require written consent by parents (for those under 18yrs).
NUMBERS – HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN ATTEND (1 BENEFICIARY + 2 OTHERS)
There are two (2) beneficiary places in total available on this programme
Each beneficiary may bring his/her family (up to a maximum of three people)
Note: we recognize that occasionally a 2nd carer is required to assist a beneficiary; if this is the case, please let the charity know
PARTNER WEBSITE INFORMATION
Explore TAG Farnborough Airport by clicking HERE
Explore AeroBility by clicking HERE
Explore Village Urban Resort Farnborough by clicking HERE
Detailed accommodation arrangements will be made in advance of the programme for each beneficiary to stay-overnight; accommodation will include a full English-breakfast the following morning. Depart at your leisure. Possession of portable hoists and appropriate slings (if required to enable ease of transfer) will need to be brought by families.
CELEBRATORY MUSCLE WARRIOR DINNER
High level hosting and engagement by our Volunteer Team will enable all beneficiaries and family members to take part. The theme of 'inspiration' will be prevalent with a focus on can-do, culminating in an evening programme where stories are shared from inspirational role-models at our Celebratory Muscle Warriors Dinner.
Remember the deadline date – make sure you email your 150 word nominations no later than FRIDAY 12th SEPTEMBER
Simply email email@example.com and don’t forget to include the required information above
BEST OF LUCK!