WORLD RECORD FOR TANDEM SKYDIVES SECURED BY INJURED SOLDIERS CHARITY
Pilgrim Bandits the national charity that provides gruelling physical challenges for injured service personnel has secured the Guinness World Record for the greatest number of tandem skydivers in 24 hours.
Netheravon APA, Wiltshire, UK. On Saturday 8th June 2013. 177 charity sponsored skydivers filled the sky above Salisbury Plain to beat the Guinness World Record (previously 160) and to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D Day.
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 from 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.
Saturday’s operation saw 173 members of the public, each sponsored to jump, accompanied by wounded soldiers; Cpl Ricky Ferguson from Telford who holds the Military Cross (pictured above) who sustained the loss of both legs, fingers and an eye in the Afghan conflict. Sapper Jim Wilson from Lymington who lost both legs in Afghan along with Jake Bartlett from Leeds who lost a leg in Afghanistan. Also jumping were Sgt Colin Hamilton, from Inverness who sustained injuries and terrible burns in Kosovo and Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson MBE from Doncaster (pictured left coming into land and holding Guinness World Record certificate below) who confounded medical opinion to survive the worst recorded battlefield injuries including the loss of both legs, a brain injury and 40 other major wounds following an Afghan IED explosion in 2006.
On landing Jake Bartlett said, “You can’t just sit at home and feel sorry for yourself, you’ve got to get up and crack on with your life. It’s not the end of it it’s the beginning. This is an amazing day – I am so proud to be part of it.”
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