All posts by Alys Potter

Nick Shorter’s Endure24 Challenge

Nick competed in Endure24, with the event running from 12 noon 11th June to 12 noon 12th June. Endure24 is a 24 hour endurance event consisting of a five mile loop on tracks through the Wasing Wood Forest near Aldermaston, in teams of either eight, five, pairs or solo.

Here’s Nick’s ‘race report’ from the event…

Nick Shorter - Endure 24 June 16

I competed as a solo, but in full 10 miler kit, bergan with 35lbs + water, jungle boots and combats. I appeared to be the only one dressed like this, so attracted a lot amount of attention and generous support from my fellow runners. I had no idea of how far I’d make in the time, but as a 46 year old has-been with little (no) proper training I doubted I’d make the coveted 100 miles.

The first 15 miles were simple and humid, then I stopped for 1/2 a cold pizza and never really recovered my nutritional composure after that. Living off nut bars and gels I managed to scrape through to 45 miles by 0330 then the lack of proper food took it’s toll and wisdom from my advancing years told me to stop, eat something hot and rest to stop the constant nausea. Reveille at 0700 allowed another five hours of relentless progress. By now my pace was a slow walk (yomp!), so eventually I crossed the finish line having completed 12 laps and 60 miles. Classic bergan burns on my back, blistered ankles but glad I hadn’t quit. I finished 78 out of 123 male soloists. I met many old soldiers and spread the word about the charity, a few spoke to me about PTSD through the night and it made the task all the more important.

I’ll return next year, a year older but better prepared and I’ll crack the 75 miles. I suspect teams from each Para Battalion challenging each other would raise a good sum.  Any takers?

Support our Paras would like to congratulate Nick on his amazing achievement! He has so far raised £1,157.00 for the charity. If you’d like to show your support please visit:

For information about Endure24 2017 please visit:

Battle of Arnhem Commemorative Trip – Veteran Grants

The Airborne Forces Security Fund is again making a grant available to veterans of the Battle of Arnhem to assist with the cost of their commemorative trip this September. The grant is £250 for a veteran, £250 for his wife or partner and £250 if a carer is needed. The maximum grant is therefore £750.

Please complete the application form: 2016 Arnhem application for grant,  together with a copy of travel documents e.g. ferry or hotel booking. which should be returned to:

The Airborne Forces Security Fund
Merville Barracks

Please also complete the ‘People attending‘ form to give an idea of the numbers expected.

For all enquiries please contact:

Sainsbury’s – Local Charity of the Year


We have been shortlisted in the nominations for Local Charity of the Year 2016/17.

Vote for us at:
between 13 – 26 June 2016 or instore.

Since 2009 Sainsbury’s stores have each selected a Local Charity of the Year to partner with and with the support of their customers they have now raised over £11 million. It makes a big difference to local charities at the heart of the communities. 

The winning charity will receive a year of support from the store, which will include fundraising for and awareness of your charity. In return we ask that you would be able to come in store every so often to maintain a charity presence so that customers are able to see where their money is going.

100 Year Challenge Book Raffle

Jay Hyrons, 100 Year Challenge, has organised a fantastic book prize draw for us. It is only £1 per ticket to enter.

First Prize: The superb ‘Wounded’, with photographs by the Canadian rock guitar-god and noted photographer Bryan Adams. And it’s signed by him too.

Second Prize: ‘The Memory Endures’ by the late Reg Curtis, who was a great supporter of the charity. This great book is signed by Reg’s nephew.

Third Prize: ‘Screaming in Silence’ by Falklands Veteran Tony McNally.

How to enter: To win these fantastic prizes, text THYC59 to 70070 or donate online Don’t forget your name and phone number!

Keep up to date with The 100 Year Challenge’s Facebook and Twitter and also SoP Facebook and Twitter.

Book Raffle poster

World First For An Amputee

Injured Parachute Regiment Veteran, Louis Smit, will be completing a static line parachute jump over Normandy on the 6 June from a WW2 Dakota to commemorate the Normandy Landings during the Second World War. This is a world first for an amputee.

Louis was injured and medically discharged in 2013 following a Taliban attack whilst on patrol in Helmand Province, Afghanistan which resulted in him losing his right leg below the knee.

Louis is raising money for Support Our Paras and says “Support Our Paras have supported me through some tough times during and post injury from adaptations for driving my car to educational courses so I could retrain as an electrician to enable me to gain meaningful employment. Your donations will go a long way in support of injured Paras”.

Please visit Louis’ fundraising page to read more about his story and to give generously: