INJURED SOLDIER BEN PARKINSON MBE APPEALS FOR LAST MINUTE TANDEM SKYDIVERS FOR MILITARY CHARITY
The Pilgrim Bandits charity, based in New Milton, Hants, have put out a call to find a number of additional daredevil volunteers willing to skydive on June 8th at Netheravon in Wiltshire. Following the success of the jump last year when a total of 205 chutes filled the skies the charity is aiming to smash their own unofficial world record and has invited the Guinness World Records adjudicator to record the feat this year.
The Pilgrim Bandits were formed by ex-special forces personnel with the intention of providing hope and motivation through expeditions and physical challenges for wounded men and women for all the services. A recent hard-core trek across the Norwegian Tundra retracing the steps of the famous WWII Heroes of Telemark has just been completed to mark the 70th anniversary of the original mission. Wounded amputee servicemen, both serving and veteran include; Rifleman Paul Jacobs (lost his sight in Afghanistan) the Charity’s ambassador patron Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson MBE (possibly the UKs most severely injured surviving soldier).
They will be joined by fellow soldiers Sgt Colin Hamilton, Cpl Ricky Fergusson MC, Sapper Jim Wilson , Matt Wiskin, Jake Barlett. All jumping in aid of the charity.
Ben Parkinson MBE says “I’d like to urge anyone who thinks they might like to have a go to sign up – it’s a great day out and all the monies raised go to this great charity’s work.”
Pilgrim Bandits spokeswoman Deborah Risbridger, “The jump provides a unique opportunity for the amputees to share the experience with a wide range of friends and supporters. We are obviously hoping to raise some funding for future projects but the focus for the day is for everyone to share a great experience and have the chance to seal those memories with a new world record, how many Saturdays end like that?“
Caption: L/Bdr Ben Parkinson MBE holds the Olympic torch during the 2012 record attempt at Netheravon, Wilts. He is accompanied by Red Devil skydivers from the Army’s parachute regiment.
Anyone interested in taking part can get further information at http://pilgrimbandits.org/d-day-drop-for-the-fallen/
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