Final steps to realising my dream!

Dear friends & family around the world!

After a 10 year journey to become a fully qualified Commercial Pilot I am now in the final stages of completing my flying training and I need to put out a call for support to achieve my goal.

So far I have invested everything I have, sold my house, and used all of my savings and I'm now 2/3 through my training. For the final courses over the next year I am taking out a large personal loan to cover the fees. I have the potential of my dream job waiting for me, and now I need a little help from those that know me and those who feel inspired to support me realise my ambition.

I am looking to raise £7,000 to cover my basic living expenses over this next year so that I can dedicate all the free time I have to studying, taking exams, and completing the final practical flying courses. Under normal circumstances I would work part time to cover my bills, but at the moment as a father of twin 5 month old boys, a very good portion of my time and energy is needed for supporting my family. If I am going to realise my dream and fly for a living I need to dedicate what energy I have left for my training.

Once qualified I intend to take up work flying from Scotland on Coastguard patrol missions around the country. If I manage to complete all the training within the next 12 months I have the very good chance of landing my dream job doing what I love. Furthermore, as the job is Inverness based, my family and I could then move back to Morayshire and live near the Findhorn community where we have a wonderful network of friends.

I have shared the gift of flying with many people over the years, organising exciting flying adventure weekends with people aged 7 to 70!

In return for your donation at the bronze, silver or gold level I am willing to offer you a tailor made flight experience which would be redeemable upon completion of my training. As detailed below they range from a half day air experience, to a full blown weekend flying adventure around beautiful parts of the country with me. You can also gift your flight to another person if you wish.

Every donation no matter how big or small is very welcome, I appreciate that some of you reading this might not have much spare cash at the moment. In which case, if you cant donate anything a wonderful way to support me would be to share my fundraising goal with your network of friends and send me some encouragement! :-)

Well, I must admit it feels a bit daunting putting a call for help out like this. Some say if we don't ask we don't get, so I'm daring to put it out into the world and ask, trusting that one way or another I can make it happen.

I hope you can support me to keep going! If you have questions or would just like to know more please contact me and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

Sending you a big daring, determined and loving smile wherever you are.

James :-)


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