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Our Own Doing It For Our Own

Ben Swarbrick, ex-3 PARA, recently attempted the 3 Peaks with a difference.

Starting on 13 June, he attempted to summit the 3 Peaks, 11 times in 9 days. The total distance in terms of climbing is reaching the summit of Mt Everest four times.

Ben is raising money for SUPPORT OUR PARAS with his challenge so he can support his fellow Airborne. Ben said, “I love the mountains, I love a challenge and I love pushing myself.”

Ben smashed his fundraising target, but can you help him go that little bit further? Visit his fundraising page here to donate and send him a message of support!

PARA VETERAN REG CURTIS STILL SUPPORTING US

When Reg Curtis passed away in January 2016 it is believed that he was the last man standing from the original volunteers who called themselves No. 2 Commando, 11th SAS, 1st Parachute Battalion, the pioneers who set the bar for The Parachute Regiment.

In 1940, when they answered Winston Churchill’s call for a new type of fighting soldier, there were no special parachutes for jumping from aircraft, and no suitable aircraft. All too often they suffered fatalities or severe injuries in training. They were literally jumping into the unknown.

Before he died Reg pledged income from his book The Memory Endures to our charity. Badly wounded at Arnhem in 1944, which led to his right leg being amputated, he wanted to support his modern-day paratrooper equivalent. Reg’s book was published by his family under their imprint Pilots Publishing and has remained in print ever since, with all profits sent to SUPPORT OUR PARAS.

We thank Reg for his loyalty to the Regiment he loved, and his family for their care with his legacy. Reg’s nephew Geoffrey Holland, who administers Pilots Publishing, appeals for others to join Reg and support our work in his name. Please take a look at his message here: https://justgiving.com/campaign/regcurtis.

Geoffrey says he couldn’t have wished for a better role model than Reg. Frankly, nor could we. Reg, we salute you. You and your comrades will always be remembered.

To buy Reg’s book, visit https://pilotspublishing.co.uk/the-memory-endures. Geoffrey’s email address is there. Copies are available worldwide by mail order.

1940 Airborne Burpee Challenge

The first annual 1940 Airborne Burpee Challenge was a huge success this April, raising over £16,000 for SUPPORT OUR PARAS!

Almost 50 people took part in the challenge to do 1,940 burpees throughout the month of April in honour of the year Airborne Forces were formed.

April also marked 15 years since The Parachute Regiment was first deployed to Afghanistan and although we have not been in theatre for a number of years, the scars and trauma many soldiers suffered there still lives with them. Maintaining good mental health is just as important as maintaining our physical health, but for soldiers it is often difficult to talk about some of their experiences. 

Our Burpee entrants have done an amazing job in raising money to help us to help them. SUPPORT OUR PARAS remains committed to helping any member of The Parachute Regiment or Airborne Forces talk about their experiences and get them the help they need.

The 1940 Airborne Burpee Challenge will become an annual event, so don’t worry if you missed out in 2021; it will return in 2022!