A Ponteland man has soaring ambitions for his charity after support from Adderstone Foundation

Pilot James Moon established the Stratus Flying two years ago to provide flight experiences for terminally ill, disabled and disadvantaged people. 

Based at the Northumbria Flying School in the grounds of Newcastle Airport, Stratus has gone from strength to strength after gaining corporate sponsorship from a range of sources including Adderstone Foundation.

James Moon works with 15 charities in the UK to set up 30-minute sessions in a small aircraft. Status Flying was set up with the sole aim of making a difference through the power of flight.

Thanks to a kind donation from Adderstone Foundation, it was possible for 14-year-old Danny Duffy to have a flight experience for his birthday.

James Moon said: “It hasn’t been easy to grow the charity – at first we had collection tins outside shops and supermarkets – but we’ve made steady progress and we’re generally seeing an increase in the number of flights we do each month.

"I’m delighted to be doing something I love and at the same time providing something that will bring joy to others less fortunate. Many of the people who go on the flight experience say they feel a sense of freedom and they never thought that this activity would have been possible for them."

Status Flying are currently raising funds to purchase their own aircraft. For more information or to donate please visit www.stratusflying.com