A selfless 21-year-old with a rare degenerative disease hopes to see one of his own dreams come true this weekend.
Scott Laver is a dedicated member of West Norfolk Youth Advisory Board and works to improve access to activities for disabled people.
Staff at North Lynn Discovery Centre, where the advisory board is based and Scott volunteers two to three times a week, encouraged him to make a bucket list of ambitions and this weekend he will tick one off when he enjoys a helicopter ride.
Bob Casey, advisory board coordinator, said: “Scott is someone who doesn’t want his disability to stop him doing anything.
“He puts an awful lot in for other people and it is great that he is getting a bit out for himself.”
Lisa Flux, of Adrian Flux Insurance Services, at East Winch, has made the helicopter trip possible.
Scott, of North Wootton, has already achieved the ambition of seeing Manchester United play, thanks to Daniel Nobbs, the Norwich shot putter, who represented Great Britain in the paralympics.
Scott, who loves music, also got to spend a day in the studio at KLFM.
His remaining ambition is to meet singer and I’m a celebrity Get Me Out Of Here star Peter Andre.
Scott admires Peter for his compassion toward ex-wife Jordan’s disabled son Harvey.
Scott was born with Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease (PMD), a rare genetic central nervous system disorder in which coordination, motor abilities, and intellectual function deteriorate.
Having been able to walk with a frame in younger years, Scott, a former pupil at Lynn’s Churchill Park School, is now confined to a wheelchair and his sight is deteriorating.
Tracy Laver, 49, Scott’s mother, said: “When things like the helicopter ride are organised for Scott, it’s amazing. It makes me feel like he has a lot to look forward to.”
Scott won the KLFM Young Hero of the Year Mayor’s Special Award in December for battling against his disability to volunteer at the Discovery Centre.
In October, he was awarded a Young Volunteer Award at the What Ya Say ceremony held in memory of Jessika-Mae Prior, of North Lynn, who died of bone cancer last year aged 18.
As well as his regular work at the Discovery Centre, Scott also goes to LA Fitness around three times a week to swim and exercise in the gym.
Mrs Laver, who has another son Matthew, 19, who does not suffer PMD, said: “Scott is a very determined young man who has a lot of interests and is very good at keeping himself occupied.