‘Marilyn Monroe and Elvis’ Launch Britain’s Biggest Tree-Top Adventure

Wild Wood Adventure, Stoke Park, Guildford, Surrey, which was officially launched on Saturday 17th May by ‘Elvis and Marilyn’ pictured here and tried and tested by his Worship, The Lord Mayor of Guildford ahead of its first official business day last week.Rob Mitchell, co-director of Wild Wood Adventure, saidImage “We’ve had several trial runs and worked through some small bugs.  There are features on this course that do not appear on any other tree-top adventure in the Country so staff training and practise runs have been a key part of our pre-opening strategy.” 

Highlights of the new facility include; a sequence of smooth hanging boulders, an exclusive safety harness that stays connected to the course the whole way around (other facilities require clipping and unclipping at each obstacle) which means there is no need for ugly and uncomfortable safety helmets.  In addition there are two parallel zip wires, a super-scary fan-jump and a tree-top skate-board challenge.  “There’s something for absolutely everyone.” Rob explained.  “One of the key things for us was to make Wild Wood Adventure genuinely inclusive so for the little kids there is a miniature version of the full scale course – young children get the same experience as big brother or sister or mum and dad.  And as the safety system is so special, mum or dad don’t have to go if they don’t want to – they can pop into Guildford high street which is a three minute-park walk away!  We’ve had 5 year olds (min. height 1 metre) to 80 year old on the course already!”

http://www.wildwoodadventure.com     0844 8800026

Prices:  Wild Kids is £15.00 Wild Wood Adventure is £20 for kids and £30 for adults.

Booking on line is available for individuals, groups, parties, incentives, team building, charity fund raising and fitness training.











Lance Bdr BENBEN Parkinson MBE, with The Princess Royal and The Pilgrim Bandits PARKINSON MBE TO HOST PATRONS BALL

General (Retd) Sir John Learmont KCB CBE, Ben Parkinson MBE, Duncan Bannatyne OBE patrons of the Pilgrim Bandits Charity which provides challenging expeditions for amputee soldiers and veterans of the Forces, are hosting the charity’s Patron’s Black Tie Dinner at the National Motorcycle Museum 2nd November 2013.

Ben, from Doncaster, received his MBE earlier this year for the work he does raising awareness of the challenges faced by injured service personnel.  The ball is an annual event designed to bring patrons and supporters together to celebrate the year’s successes.  Those successes for 2013 saw the charities supporters smash the Guinness World Record for the number of individual tandem skydives in a day, also an extraordinary expedition which included Ben, trekking across the Haranguer Plateau in Norway to mark the 70th anniversary of the WW2 Heroes of Telemark. 

The Ball is moving to Birmingham for the first time this year.  Ben explains. “It’s a great night out and we wanted to be somewhere even more people could come and enjoy the evening with us.”

The Pilgrim Bandits are inviting the Midlands business community to think of the event as an alternative Christmas party and asking for online bookings athttp://pilgrimbandits.org/event-registration/black-tie-dinner/

Caption:  Ben meets HRH the Princess Royal at Buckingham Palace during the summer.

For additional media information please contact:

media@pilgrimbandits.org  t. 01425 461600  m. 07767 784295

17th September 2013




Ben Parkinson MBE, ambassador patron for www.pilgrimbandits.org was guest of honour at Franke Sissons get-to-know-us afternoon tea on Friday 12th July in Chesterfield.

The horrendously injured soldier, who has both survived and continued to make amazing progress, following an IED explosion in Helmand Province Afghanistan in 2006, visited Chesterfield to learn more about Franke Sissons’ steel manufacturing business and the other charities and causes the local company supports.  As a memento of his visit, staff at the Company designed, produced and engraved a one-off Pilgrim Bandits stainless steel clock.

Caption Top:  Representatives from; Nenna Kind Chesterfield’s cancer drop in centre, 10 year old Motocross Rider Dalton Dring (Right with Ben Parkinson), Ashgate Hospice, the Chesterfield Panthers under 14’s rugby team,  Meadows School, Wingerworth Junior School football team, Fairplay, which supports children and young people with disabilities in Chesterfield and Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce.  Andy Dukelow, MD of Franke Sissons present a stainless steel cheque to Ben Parkinson.

Caption bottom:  Victoria Himsworth, Franke Sissons’ Product Marketing Manager, presents Ben with his clock.

Full details of the Franke Washroom Systems range are available at www.franke-ws.com. Email. ws-marketing.gb@franke.com for a copy of the full sales catalogue.

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Amputee Servicemen to Retrace Heroes of Telemark Expedition

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Amputee Servicemen to Retrace Gruelling Heroes of Telemark Expedition

16th March 2013 – 27th March 2012.  Charity  Pilgrim Bandits (New Milton, Hampshire) is to take injured service men on a hazardous 70th anniversary expedition to honour The Heroes of Telemark, the world-famous sabotage operation that took part in Nazi-occupied Norway during WW2 between the spring of 1942 and winter of 1944.SAS-Taking-Shelter (4)

The original Heroes of Telemark Operation comprised allied forces and members of the Norwegian resistance.  In all six, treacherous missions were carried out over a two year period designed to prevent Nazi Germany developing Deuterium Oxide, known as ‘heavy water’ for Hitler’s nuclear energy programme.  The WW2 missions tested human endurance to the maximum.  Conditions on the Norwegian, Hardanger Plateau are among the toughest on the planet with temperatures dropping to -30 and with prevailing 50mph winds.

Pilgrim Bandits has gathered a group of amputees and severely injured servicemen along with paying members of the public to honour the successful WW2 mission and at the same time ‘push all participants beyond endurance’.  The Charity, which aims to raise funds from the expedition to further its work encouraging a ‘no sympathy’ approach towards injured men and women from the Army, Navy, RAF, Police, Fire and Ambulance Services, is seeking a sponsor for suitable clothing.  In providing a focus and extreme challenge for these highly trained individuals, Pilgrim Bandits can  increase individual confidence and inspire those who take part in the trip and those who learn about the experiences afterwards through talks, presentations and visits.  Pilgrim Bandits also works with young people and children to encourage an ‘anything is possible’ mentality and boost personal confidence by visiting schools and care homes.

Among the Pilgrim Bandits taking part is Lance Bdr Ben Parkinson MBE who is a double leg amputee and possibly the most injured solider to survive the Afghan conflict having sustained a catalogue of over 40 injures including brain damage that has affected his memory and speech.  In the six years since his injuries, received in an armoured vehicle that was blown up by an IED in Helmand Province, Ben has confounded medical opinion by not only surviving, but walking, regaining his speech and continuing to improve week by week.  Ben is a Patron of the Pilgrim Bandits and may be known to many for his amazing strength and determination when he carried the Olympic torch through his home town of Doncaster last year.  Taking part also will be Rifleman Paul Jacobs GM who is the only injured serviceman to return from Afghanistan having completely lost his sight, he is joined by Sapper Karl Boon who sustained the loss of his right leg below the knee.

ITV has confirmed that it will run a programme from footage taken by Sgt Paul Randall from the Army Press Association which will also be making a video documentary. This will be broadcast on terrestrial TV, Military platforms, Internet channels and satellite channels (in that order) at times to be decided later this year.

Deborah Risbridger from the charity said, “This is the kind of operation our boys would have relished had they been in the Forces during the War.  To retrace the steps and experience, in part, what those brave allies had to do will be an honour and a huge privilege.  It will also give our injured boys a real focus. The terrain is demanding. The conditions will be extremely tough, everyone is training very hard and will need to be fully prepared.”

The cost of the Heroes of Telemark Expedition is in the region of £50,000.  This includes all support services, the building of specialist pods for amputees with double limb-loss, accommodation and flights to Norway.  These costs are met by volunteer fund raisers paying for their place.  To fund much-needed  equipment and kit Pilgrim Bandits is hoping to approach apparatus and clothing manufacturers in a bid to secure either loaned or completely donated kit for the amputees in return for association and branding on the trip.

For more information about the Pilgrim Bandits, Heroes of Telemark Expedition visit www.pilgrimbandits.org or for further media information, please contact:  media@pilgrimbandits.org.  Tel. 01425 461600.  Mob. 07767 784295.



Persimmon Homes South Coast release
3 October 2012


A Hampshire charity has narrowly missed out on winning a brand new house from a national housebuilder.

But New Milton based charity Pilgrim Bandits did scoop a £6,000 runner up prize in the competition to celebrate Persimmon Homes’ 40th birthday.

Pilgrim Bandits was one of 24 charities competing by public vote for the three bedroom detached house in Andover valued at £250,000. The winner of the competition, The Harley Staples Trust, was announced during a glittering birthday lunch at Kensington Roof Gardens on Thursday.

The Pilgrim Bandits raise funds through challenges to support ex-serviceman and amputees. The group organises fundraising – and confidence-boosting – endurance and adrenaline adventures for members of the public and injured ex-servicemen.
Deborah Risbridger, spokesman for Pilgrim Bandits, said “It’s hard to be disappointed when the house went to such a worthy charity – we came away with a very welcome £6,000 which we plan to use for a number of expeditions for service men during 2013.”
Andrew Golawski, managing director of Persimmon Homes South Coast, said: “In total, Persimmon Homes had more than 3,500 nominations for the competition, so for Pilgrim Bandits to make the final was a brilliant achievement.”

Persimmon Homes was founded in 1972 by current life president Duncan Davidson and has grown to be one of the largest and most successful housebuilders in the UK over the last 40 years.

For more information visit the Persimmon Homes website at http://www.persimmonhomes.com


Issued by Connect PR for Persimmon Homes South Coast. For more information please contact Caroline Garbett or Sam Taylor on 01902 714957 or email caroline.garbett@connect-group.com / sam.taylor@connect-group.com
Picture caption – Left Deborah Risbridger, centre Pilgrim Bandits, Lance Bdr Ben Parkinson Patron of Pilgrim Bandits. Mike Farley, CEO Persimmon Homes Right: Andrew Golawski, MD South Persimmon Homes.