All posts by Alys Potter

Commando Speed March 2017

For more information, visit http://commandospeedmarch.webs.com/

During the Second World War, potential British Commandos would get off the train at Spean Bridge and be expected to speed march through the Scottish Highlands to the gates of Achnacarry House carrying their fighting order weighing 36lbs.

Recruits were given just 1 hour to complete the 7 mile route, and those that failed to achieve this time would be returned to their parent unit.

In 1996, this speed march was reconstructed, based on this initial selection test, to raise funds for the Commando Benevolent Fund and the Airborne Forces Charities.  Not quite as far as the P Coy 10-miler, The Speed March has since become an established annual military event attracting over 300 entrants a year, each wearing either a maroon or green t shirt.

This event is open only to Military Personnel.  Members of the Armed Forces, Foreign Military, TA Units and Regimental Associations are all eligible to apply for a place in the Speed March.  Army Cadets wanting to participate must be accompanied by adult staff and Health and Safety rules are applied.  Cadets also carry a reduced load and participate in the ‘fun run’.

In 2015 teams from both 2 PARA and 3 PARA took part in this event.

Another great way to raise funds for SUPPORT OUR PARAS and you can even use it as training for the PARAS’ 10.

Waitrose Green Token Scheme

We are delighted to announce that Waitrose Colchester has adopted us for their Community Green Token Scheme for August 2016.

At the end of your shop in branch, you’ll receive a token to place in a box of the good cause you’d most like to support (hopefully us!). The more tokens we get, the bigger the donation we receive.

Don’t forget to tell your friends and family and ask them to get involved.

For more information visit: Waitrose Green Token Scheme

Enjoy a very special evening held to benefit the charities of the Household Division and The Parachute Regiment, presented by St James’s Place Wealth Management. This inaugural boxing match between the Household Division and The Parachute Regiment will be a black-tie evening, hosted by Master of Ceremonies John McDonald of Sky TV.

The evening will commence at 1900hrs and will consist of:

  • Champagne reception by Justerini & Brooks
  • Walk through the magnificent Guards Museum
  • Music from the musicians of The Household Division and The Parachute Regiment
  • A four-course dinner, with wine and port
  • Seven bouts between the boxers of The Household Division and The Parachute Regiment
  • Auction and silent auction to benefit the charities
  • Post-match Drinks and meet the boxers
  • Carriages at Midnight

Tables for 10 are available as follows:

  • Standard table £2000
  • Ringside table (limited to 8 only) £2500

Individual Tickets are available as follows:

  • Standard Table £200 each

Bout sponsorship with logo credits in the programme and MC announcements is additionally available at £500. Programme advertising will also be available with details to come. To reserve your table, please contact: info@hdivparaboxing.org or to find out more information please visit: http://www.supportourparas.org. All proceeds will go to support our soldiers and families.

 

Team Megavalanche

On  4 of July 2016, Team Megavalanche departed for Alpe D’Huez to once again compete in the world’s longest downhill mountain bike race. The team, consisting of serving Paratroopers, James Duncan, Robert Benson, Richard Dunne and Mark Turner spent the week practising and learning the 35km course along with thousands of competitors ranging from elite world champions to your average rider. The start line for the Megavalanche is the summit of Pic Blanc at an altitude of 3300m. It is a snow covered ski run for roughly the first 3km which turns into narrow rocky trails followed by twisty alpine forest single track eventually crossing the finish line in the town of Allemont.

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Qualifying: The team lined up alongside 116 other riders for the mass start. With James having to pull out of a top 20 finish due to a puncture and Richard with a Mechanical issue it was left to Robert and Mark to cross the line and qualify for the Mega amateur race. Of the 189 riders Robert finished in a strong 57th place and Mark after suffering several mechanical problems in 170th place.

The team were overwhelmed with support from the crowds of people lining the course cheering on the Parachute Regiment with lots of positive comments and recognition for the cap badge. With mixed results from this years race, the Team is already looking forward to next year with the intention of growing bigger and better with experience,

As the saying goes…3rd time lucky !
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/JAMES-DUNCAN15

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Newsletter – July/August

 

An opportunity has arisen within the Headquarters of The Parachute Regiment for a Regimental Charity Administrator.
This will be a 3 MONTHS maternity cover post.

The successful applicant will work in a small team providing the administrative function to the Regimental charity SUPPORT OUR PARAS. The candidate will have proven experience in office administration and be a self-starter who is capable of working with limited supervision to provide support to a busy fundraising charity. Previous experience of working in the charitable sector would be beneficial. For more details about the skills required for the role please visit: http://supportourparas.org/regimental-charity-administrator-maternity-cover-2/

Application Process: By Friday 15th July 2016, please send a copy of your Curriculum Vitae to the Regimental Secretary at: RHQ PARA, Merville Barracks, Circular Road South, Colchester, Essex, CO2 7UT

Phone: 01206 817072            E-mail: paul.rodgers694@mod.uk

What’s been happening…

Megavalanche and Cake Sale

The Parachute Regiment Megavalanche Team are heading to Alpe D’huez in the French Alps to take part in Megavalanche 2016. Show your support at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/JAMES-DUNCAN15. James said “To push yourself so hard against the other competitors and the mountain itself wearing a jersey with The Parachute Regiment written on it, knowing that everyone’s watching you and cheering you on is a really special feeling”. The team are very proud to be able to help fund raise for the Support our Paras this year and wish to thank everyone that’s donated so far.

As part of their fundraising efforts the team have been selling delicious cakes for the charity, raising a fantastic £292.29!

If you would like to do a cake sale for us, get in touch at secretary@supportourparas.org and we can provide you with collection tins.

CSARN

The City Security and Resilience Network and Square Mile Salute joined forces to create the CSARN Salute. This was an evening of good food, company, entertainment and fun! The event took place on 30 June in aid of 4 charities including Support Our Paras. A big thank you to all those who helped to organise the event and everyone who attended to make the event a big success.

Louis Smit’s Commemorative Parachute Jump

In a world first for an amputee, Injured Veteran, Louis Smit, who served with 2 PARA from 2003 – 2013, completed a commemorative parachute jump over Normandy from a WW2 Dakota to commemorate the 1944 D-Day Landings.

Louis said “Support Our Paras have been very supportive in my recovery since I was injured on patrol in Afghanistan in 2011”.

“I decided to raise funds by doing a Military round parachute static line jump out of a Dakota on 6 June 2016 “.

The jump was highly successful and so far Louis has raised £2,256 including GiftAid.

His fundraising page is still open so please to read more about his story and to give generously: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Louis_smit

 

The Trinity Ball

John Mason held a black tie Trinity Ball in support of 3 charities: SUPPORT OUR PARAS, Hire a Hero and Churchill Lines Charitable Fund. The evening began with champagne reception and dinner and ended with dancing to a live band.  A silent auction and live auction took place with some superb and unique items.

A big thank you to John and his wife for their organisation and hospitality and to all those who attended and donated.

Team Soldier, Soldier

Andrew and Paul continue taking on amazing challenges to raise money for 3 charities including Support Our Paras.

Serving Paratrooper Andy has even thrown in a few individual challenges of his own, including tabbing up the highest peak in the Pentlands with a 20kg bergen, boots and a log designed to be carried by 6 men.

Follow their story on our Facebook page @paracharity and visit:
http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/soldiersoldier

What’s coming up…

The Household Division V The Parachute Regiment Boxing

Enjoy a very special evening held to benefit the charities of the Household Division and The Parachute Regiment, presented by St James’s Place Wealth Management. 

This inaugural boxing match between the Household Division and The Parachute Regiment will be a black-tie evening hosted by Master of Ceremonies John McDonald of Sky TV.

The evening will start at 1900 hrs and include:

  • Champagne reception by Justerini & Brooks
  • Walk through the magnificent Guards Museum
  • Music from the musicians of The Household Division and The Parachute Regiment
  • A four-course dinner, with wine and port
  • Seven bouts between the boxers of The Household Division and The Parachute Regiment
  • Auction and silent auction to benefit the charities
  • Post-match Drinks and meet the boxers
  • Carriages at Midnight

Tables for 10 are available as follows:

Standard Table – £2000
Ringside Table (limited to 8 only) – £2500

Individual places are available on standard tables for £200.

To reserve your table, please contact info@hdivparaboxing.org

All proceeds will go to support our soldiers and families.

 

Red Devils Tandem Jumps

If you want to experience the opportunity of a lifetime by taking part in a tandem sky dive with the best in the business, make sure you visit: http://supportourparas.org/red-devils-tandem-sky-dives/ to find out how you can jump for us!

We have places reserved on:

Tuesday 02 August
Thursday 24 August.

Don’t miss out!

Raise money by doing something different

Do you want to raise money and awareness for the charity? Do you want to try doing something  new and different? Need a little bit of inspiration?

Visit: http://supportourparas.org/raise-money-by-doing-something-different/ for an A-Z of some great ideas.

We really like K – Kids… Getting the younger generations involved and L – Local… Fundraising that relates to the local area.

PARAS’10 Catterick

The original PARAS’10 race, now firmly established as one of the UK’s “must do” endurance challenges. Located at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire.

Sign up for Catterick 2016, taking place on 4 September at http://www.paras10.com

There is also a 2km fun run for children between 8 and 14 years old known as PARAS’2. There are trophies for boys and girls in the following categories: 8/10, 11/12 and 13/14.

Kid’s entries must be made online before the day and cost £10. All children must be accompanied by an adult (who runs for free!)

Keep an eye out on Facebook and Twitter for updates @theparas10