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The Sky’s the Limit for Skydiver Stephen

The Sky’s the Limit for Skydiver Stephen

Momentum Skills administrator Stephen Rowse is set to do a 10,000ft skydive at Fife airport in October to raise funds for the charity that he says “took a chance” on him.

Stephen, who has relapsing remitting Multiple Sclerosis and battled cancer in 2011, was unemployed this time last year.

But the 46-year-old from Aboyne in Aberdeenshire is now working full-time at Momentum Skills while using his spare time to make a difference to the lives of others by raising funds for Momentum’s services.

In Aberdeen, Momentum Skills provides brain injury vocational rehabilitation programmes which equip people with strategies for coping with, and overcoming the challenges of a brain injury, including gaining employment or moving into further education and training.

Stephen said: “I left my career as a head chef offshore in 2008 when I was diagnosed with MS. I found it really difficult to find other employment which was flexible and sympathetic to my condition.”

Stephen knew he needed a job that was less physically demanding than being a chef, so he undertook a course at Aberdeen College in HNC Admin and IT in 2011.

But his plans for a new career were set back when he was diagnosed with a low grade of soft tissue sarcoma – a type of cancer.

However, with treatment and determination, he beat cancer and then completed his course in 2012.

He joined Momentum’s Aberdeen team in May this year where he now works as an administrator.

He said: “Momentum Skills took a chance on me. With their guidance, mentoring and help, I am fulfilling a new career path after retraining and this is my way of saying thanking them.”

To donate to Stephen Rowse’s skydive in aid of Momentum Skills, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/StephenRowse 

Momentum Skills is the training and skills arm of national not-for-profit organisation Momentum.