TOM CLOSE 1995 – 2015

Tom was an inspirational young man, living his dream to become a commercial pilot. He passed his private pilot licence when he was just 17 years old and had over 300 hours flying experience. Tom loved life being very active supporting his local football club Luton Town FC and the team he and his father loved Everton FC. Tom also spent as much time as he could flying and spending time with his family and friends. Tom had a real passion for being in the skies and knew the effect it could have on people as it did on him.

Very sadly Tom lost his life suddenly and unexpectedly in May 2015 whilst he was in Florida finishing his training to gain his commercial pilots licence. A dream he had, had since he will very young.

Since the sad passing of Tom his mother Joanne, twin sister Megan and friends have worked incredibly hard fundraising in Tom’s memory. They have arranged football matches at Luton Town FC, BBQ’s, skydives and much more. So far they have raised over £3000 for fly2help. Adopting fly2help as a charity was a natural choice for his family; Tom himself had identified ‘Fly2help’ saying he would like to volunteer as a pilot for the ‘smiley days’ once he had gained his dream of becoming a commercial pilot.

With the money raised fly2help has been able to set up a new Aim High scholarship week at the international airport in Luton, close to where Tom lived and where he worked de-icing the aircraft in the winter and as a baggage handler in the summer in order to fund his flying career.

The family aim is to fund this scholarship on an annual basis and Tom’s family and close friends are involved in a number of annual charity events in order to make this happen, including charity football matches and an epic cycle challenge from Goodison Park the home of Everton FC to Luton Town FC.

Fundraising in memory of a loved one can be great way to help honour and support what meant something special them. There are many ways to fundraise and we can arrange to set up a tribute fund where friends and family can donate and where you can have pictures and stories of your loved one.

In memory giving is important to fly2help as we receive no government funding so rely solely on donations and we feel it is important to remember those that have been loved and lost and keep their memory alive.
This Scholarship in Tom’s name means that his passion for flying and aviation as a whole lives on in the lives of others, and will continue to do so for future generations to come.

The applications are now open until the 11th March for the Tom Close Memorial Scholarship. Applications are open for 14 to 18 year olds that are considering a career in the aviation industry. Successful applicants will be interviewed at London Luton Airport on 24th March.

The ten students who are selected from the interview process will spend a week based at Signature Luton with the fly2help team and visit several aviation companies on and off site and have the opportunity to talk to people already working in the exciting industry.

Apply here