In September, we are planning to run a course for veterans, giving them the unique opportunity of working and indeed learning Aviation engineering on the last remaining Skymaster in Europe! We have a dedicated team of experienced and licensed Engineers who will guide these veterans – and they point out that working on the Skymaster gives a person experience in systems that cannot be achieved anywhere else! And what is exciting is that once these veterans can understand how the Skymaster operates – it is an excellent starting point to understand modern aircraft.
Steve Bohill Smith, one of the Trustees of Save the Skymaster and ex Concorde pilot says that “Working on this project will have a huge impact on young people’s lives. The opportunity to work on big propliners like the Skymaster is quite unique for young people and will most certainly enhance their careers in aviation going forward”
Besides the learning opportunities, the very special Skymaster family will welcome these veterans and they will become an intrinsic part of this amazing team. This will effectively put an end to the loneliness and isolation that veterans must be feeling.
We are only able to do this because of the grants from The Veterans Foundation, with news of more grants to follow soon.
The Veterans Foundation’s founder Major General David Shaw describes what The Veterans Foundation does “The Veterans Foundation has been set up to help fund charities and other charitable organizations that are helping serving and former members of the Armed Forces, and their dependents, who are in need”
Having given some £6.1 million grants to about 250 organizations and projects since inception in 2016 – much has been achieved by The Veterans Foundation going forward. Forecasts indicate that The Veterans Foundation will make grants totaling some £3 million for this financial year, going onto say that “The charities and other organizations we have helped include those tackling the challenges of mental and physical injuries, homelessness, unemployment, children’s loss of parents while serving and remembrance.”
Save the Skymaster would officially like to thank The Veterans Foundation for this opportunity to make a difference in veterans’ lives and will leave no stone unturned in fulfilling the mandate. Our courses are aimed at empowering veterans with job skills in the aviation arena whilst also addressing mental and emotional well-being.