A PONTELAND pilot is aiming to provide an unforgettable experience for young people who need a lift through his new charity.
James Moon has recovered from a broken spine, burst appendix, broken finger and wrist dislocation to pursue his dream career and last year he achieved a Private Pilot Licence after passing all the tests.
The serious back injury, which he suffered in 2009, meant that he spent nearly three months lying completely still in bed while it healed and he had to wear a plaster cast and a metal brace on his chest in the following four months.
Now the 18-year-old has set up Little Wings, which is looking for funding support to take disabled and terminally-ill children on special flights in a four-seater aircraft from Newcastle Airport.
He has been in touch with hospitals and children’s charities to find youngsters who could benefit from the experience and his long-term ambition for the charity is to fly overseas.
“I know what it’s like to be bed-ridden and since I recovered from my broken back, I wanted to do something for those who weren’t as fortunate as myself,” James said. “I came up with the charity idea because it combines my love of flying with my desire to help people.
“Hopefully we can raise the money needed to get these rides up and running, so children who have suffered so much can experience the thrill and freedom of being up in the sky.
“I will take them on a tour of the North East over places like St James’ Park and the Angel of the North, then if things really take off we will look into flying them to Disneyland Paris or even Disney World in Florida.”
The Darras Hall resident flew a Cessna 172 aircraft from Florida to California and back over two weeks last August to raise money for Help for Heroes.
A range of fund-raising events will take place in the coming weeks and months. For more information about the charity, visit www.little-wings.org