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Red Devils Tandem Skydive

To celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Normandy and the Battle of Arnhem, we are offering you the chance to skydive with the World famous Red Devils Army Parachute Display Team.

The Team, made up of serving members of The Parachute Regiment, are the Army’s official parachute display teams and can be seen at various events across the country throughout the year. Every member of the team has served a minimum of three years in a Parachute Regiment Battalion and has taken part in at least one operational tour of duty in either: Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Iraq and/or Afghanistan.

This year, we are inviting you to join us on 29 August 2019 in Salisbury for an experience like no other.

The jump itself will cost £300, but we are offering supporters the chance to pay just £100 towards the jump and we will cover the rest. All we ask in return is that you raise a minimum of £500 sponsorship* for the charity.

For more information, get in touch on secretary@supportourparas.org

To book online visit: clickandjump.co.uk/dropzones/red-devils-salisbury
Or book over the phone: 0845 60 888 44

*sponsorship target must be reached at least one month before you are due to jump, otherwise you may be required to pay your own jump fee.

The Roast Beef Club

We are delighted to have been chosen as The Roast Beef Club’s chosen charity again in 2019.

The Roast Beef Club was formed in 2008 when a group of friends came together to celebrate St George’s Day. Someone happened to have a cricket bat with a few signatures that they offered to auction and £500 was raised that day. This lunch, formed the basis of The Roast Beef Club’s fundraising events from then on.

Every year, to celebrate St George’s Day, The Roast Beef Club choose a military charity to support and the members come together to raise as much as possible for the charity of the year. In the last 10 years, they have raised over £1 million.

We are delighted to have been chosen by The Roast Beef Club to be the beneficiaries of their 2019 event and are looking forward to another great day.

Adaptive Grand Slam take on Mount Everest

A team of adventurers are attempting to reach the summit of Mount Everest. What makes them special? They are each disabled in one way or another.

The Adaptive Grand Slam team are attempting to become the first disabled team to climb the 7 highest peaks in the World as well as reaching the North and South Poles. They have learnt to climb using modified techniques and equipment in order to take on the world’s most challenging mountains.

The Everest team first attempted to reach the summit in 2012 with Walking With The Wounded. Disappointingly the expedition was called off due to bad weather and extreme danger on the slopes but the team are hopeful of better conditions this April 2019.

Two of the Everest team are ex-PARAS Martin Hewitt and Terry Byrne who were both wounded on operations in Afghanistan whilst serving with The Parachute Regiment.

The team is hoping to raise £1 for every metre the mountain is high and would love to have your support on their journey. To support them, please visit
https://mydonate.bt.com/events/adaptivegrandslam

The team’s camp when they climbed Mount Aconcagua in January 2017

2 PARA win Commando Speed March 2019

A team of serving Paratroopers from 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, have won the Commando Speed March 2019.

This event is open only to serving soldiers and tests them over the course that prospective Commandos would have to complete.

The origins of the Spean Bridge Commando Speed March can be dated back to 1940, then however, this test was the first hurdle for would-be volunteers for Commando Training at Achnacarry House (Castle Commando) having just transited by rail for fourteen hours.

On arrival at Spean Bridge Station, the prospective Commandos would load kit bags onto a waiting truck and, under the lead of the staff, would then under take the 6.9 miles at the double, carrying battle order and rifle (weight 36lbs) to the grounds of Achnacarry House.

During 1996, it was decided to reconstruct the original World War II Commando speed march to raise funds for the Commando Benevolent Fund and SUPPORT OUR PARAS as well as other charities. This has now become an established annual event attracting over 300 entrants a year.

The 2 PARA team are raising money for us, their Regimental charity, by competing in a few events this year. To support them, please visit https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/2paratriathlon