All posts by Alys Potter


Do you want to raise money for the charity? Fancy trying something new and different? Need a little bit of inspiration? Then this might well be the thing for you…

JustGiving have released a fantastic A-Z fundraising guide jam packed with lots of innovative, creative and unusual ideas that could be ideal for you to try out!

Download here – Fundraising A-Z Guide

Our favourite ideas so far…

K for Kids – Getting the younger generations involved!

L for Local – We love the idea of doing something that relates to our local community.

V for Volunteering – Offering a helping hand in return for donations. Suitable for all ages!

Contact: If you’d like to fundraise for us and have a great idea (it could be something new or a tried and tested idea) please contact to see how we can support yo


It is with great sadness that we must inform our supporters that, Veteran original Para, Reg Curtis has passed away. Reg was a great supporter of the charity donating the profits from his book sales to us to help support his modern day equivalent. We appreciate the support Reg has given the charity.

Copies of Reg’s book continue to be available online.

When Reg Curtis enlisted with the Grenadier Guards in 1937, little did he know that two years later Britain would be plunged into the Second World War. Reg found himself fighting for King and Country in France and Belgium as part of the British Expeditionary Force and along with 300,000 other men was evacuated from Dunkirk in May 1940. Winston Churchill called for a new type of fighting soldier and Reg volunteered for commando and parachute training, one of the first 500 men who formed No. 2 Commando, later renamed the 11th SAS Battalion.

The training was intense and the techniques new and as yet untried. By the time they saw action the Battalion had again been renamed, and this time the name would stick: The 1st Parachute Battalion.

At Arnhem, in September 1944, Reg was shot and lay on his back as the battle raged around him for six days and nights. He was taken prisoner and his right leg amputated.

You will never hear these men speak of heroism, except when referring to the medics who tended them or the many brave civilians they met. But to the rest of us they are heroes of the highest rank, and Reg Curtis is one among them.

Our continued thanks go to Reg, to Geoffrey Holland and Pilots Publishing.


Actor revisits his Paratrooper days

Dr Who and The Wombles star Bernard Cribbins OBE has visited Colchester’s Merville Barracks to relive his days as a paratrooper.

Mr Cribbins did National Service with 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment between 1947 and 1949, serving in Palestine and Germany. A training report described him as “a good performer”, a label which he took forward into a stage and screen career.

Friday 15 January’s visit saw Mr Cribbins climb aboard the barrack’s Dakota – the aircraft from which he would have jumped from – and meet the current crop of 3 PARA soldiers and see the weaponry and equipment they use. The 87-year-old presented £17,500 to the Regiment’s official charity Support Our Paras, which was raised through a fly fishing event at Duncton Mill Fishery in Sussex in October. The event had been organised by Iain Liddell, chief executive of logistics firm Uniserve and Peter Cockwill, of Albury Game Angling.

Mr Cribbins said: “Once a paratrooper always a paratrooper. It is something that you chose to do and that means you have made a choice to become something special. I had been acting in repertory theatre before I joined the Army and that gave me discipline, but the Paras really cemented it in me. The discipline to make sure you play the part that other people are relying on you to do is the same in the Paras and acting.

“It’s been wonderful to come and visit The Parachute Regiment again. I’m equally delighted to present money to Support Our Paras to fund the excellent work the charity does. The credit for raising the money belongs to Iain and Peter and we are hoping to run another fundraising event soon.”

Lieutenant Colonel Bruce Radbourne, Regimental Lieutenant Colonel of The Parachute Regiment, said: “It has been a pleasure to host Bernard Cribbins and show him how The Parachute Regiment has changed in the last 70 years, while also maintaining our proud heritage and traditions. The hard work that has been put into raising such a fantastic sum of money for Support Our Paras is hugely appreciated and demonstrates the close and supportive bonds that there are between all ex-paratroopers.

“We would like to think that Mr Cribbins’ time with The Parachute Regiment gave him the determination, discipline and humility that he needed to go on and forge a varied and successful career in show business.”

A huge thank you to Bernard, Iain and Peter  for all their hard work and support.

Links of interest:

BBC Look East

ITV Anglia


Fishing Day Video – YouTube

Operation Long Drive – June 2016

Haydon and Me-An Bend are undertaking a massive challenge and trip of a lifetime by driving to Australia from the UK in aid of two charities which are close to their hearts – SUPPORT OUR PARAS and  Anthony Nolan.

The idea started when Haydon and Me-An travelled around South East Asia and Australia in 2007. When looking at the prices of 4×4 vehicles, they thought it would be a great idea to drive one of these vehicles back to Warwickshire. The idea was immediately laughed off by friends as being ridiculous.

Seven years have passed and Haydon has swapped carpentry for soldiering and joined The Parachute Regiment, completing 3 tours of duty in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Me-An has embarked on a career as a Chartered Accountant. During this time, the idea of the trip never left them.

The time is now right and they have started implementing the logistics of “Operation Long Drive”. They recently got married and are planning to drive their Land Rover Defender ‘Mary’ to start their honeymoon.

You can keep up to date with the whole journey on their website:,  Facebook and  Twitter.

If you would like to donate please visit:

The Vitality British 10K London Run

What a way to see central London!

The Vitality British 10K London Run is staged on the world’s greatest road race route through the heart of Central London, passing many of the capital’s truly world class historic landmarks.

Starting on Piccadilly outside The Calvary & Guards Club, runners will pass the new WW2 Bomber Command Memorial, The Ritz, St. James’s Palace, Trafalgar Square,  St. Paul’s Cathedral, London Eye, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and Westminster Abbey before finishing on Whitehall after passing Downing Street  (the official London residence of British Prime Ministers) and The Cenotaph, the national memorial to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.  For more information, visit

Places: This year we have 18 places up for grabs!

Costs and Sponsorship: We ask for anyone wishing to join up to pay a £35 deposit which covers the cost of the place and raise £200 in sponsorship money towards the charity. In the event of completing the race and raising £200 your £35 cheque will be destroyed (we have to pay for these places, so your deposit protects us if you don’t show up!)

Proposed Date: Sunday 10th July 2016

Contact:  or 01206 817074 for more information or to sign up.