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Grandads of the Atlantic

In December 2018, Neil Young and Peter Ketley will attempt to row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic as part of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

They are both over 60 years old.
They are both grandads.
They have never rowed before.
They are both ex-Paratroopers.

Neil and Peter, both ex-2 PARA, have chosen to take on the incredible challenge of rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic in the hopes of both raising thousands of pounds for their three chosen charities and attempting to set a world record as the oldest pair to row the Atlantic (their combined age will be 123 when they set off!)

‘The Grandads’ are doing this as part of the 2018 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, described as ‘the world’s toughest row’.

​The 2018 event will see approximately 30 teams take on the colossal challenge of racing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic, using nothing but oars and sheer determination.​

The teams are unassisted. They will take enough food to survive at least 70 days at sea and will need to navigate the route and manage any repairs (including underwater) on their own.

Neil and Peter are raising money for Dreams Come True, Support Our Paras and RBLI.  You can donate to their charities here.

The Grandads don’t expect to win the race, but they’ll give it a damn good try! Follow their journey at www.grandadsoftheatlantic.com

Grant towards Arnhem Commemorative Event 2018

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 £480 for a veteran, £480 for his wife or partner and £480 if a carer is needed. The maximum grant is therefore £1,440.

Please complete the application form: 2018 Arnhem reimbursement application  together with a copy of travel documents e.g. ferry or hotel booking. which should be returned to:

Robert Airey
RHQ PARA
Merville Barracks
Colchester
Essex
CO2 7UT

For all enquiries please contact: robert.airey100@mod.gov.uk

Grant towards Normandy Commemorative Event 2018

The Airborne Forces Security Fund is again making a grant available to veterans of the Battle of Normandy to assist with the cost of their commemorative trip this June. The grant is £680 for a veteran, £680 for his wife or partner and £680 if a carer is needed. The maximum grant is therefore £2,040.

Please complete the application form: 2018 Normandy reimbursement application,  together with a copy of travel documents e.g. ferry or hotel booking, which should be returned to:

Robert Airey
RHQ PARA
Merville Barracks
Colchester
Essex
CO2 7UT

For all enquiries please contact: robert.airey100@mod.gov.uk

Bid for Breya

Our eBay auction is now CLOSED.

Thanks to Barclays Bank PLC we had a bunch of signed Premier League kit that was auctioned to support our brave little Breya. The 3 year-old daughter of PARA dad Ollie and mum Holly, Breya is fighting Stage 4 High-Risk Neuroblastoma cancer for which she needs special treatment in the USA. Read her story here.

The 10-day eBay auction ended on Sunday 25th March and every item has found a new home.

We’d like to say a very big thank you to everyone who supported the auction, by spreading the word or by bidding! You helped us raise an impressed £863.00 towards Breya’s treatment.

You can still donate directly to Breya’s fund by clicking here. Donations made through the charity are commission—free and mean we can claim Gift Aid – and the taxman does his bit for the cause.

If you are organising an event, or would like some advice, please contact the Charity Secretary, Natalie, for help and advice on secretary@supportourparas.org

New hope for Breya – with your support

On 13 January 2017, 2 year old Breya Ward, daughter of Sgt Ollie Ward and Holly Robinson, was diagnosed with Stage 4 High Risk Neuroblastoma. This very rare and aggressive cancer affects children under the age of 6.

A year on, Breya has fought so hard to beat her cancer. She has bravely come though her operation, a year of chemo and her third birthday.  A vaccine therapy trial in New York now gives her the best chance of building up her immunity so she can beat it completely. 50% of Stage 4 Neuroblastoma patients can relapse within 2 years, so Team Breya are getting in ahead of any relapse. We are working with her parents to make it happen.

Breya is closer than ever to this vital help – just 3 months to go – but we still appeal for your support to get her there. She needs £35,000 to reach the target amount.

A designated fund for Breya within the charity holds all money raised. If for any reason the funds raised are in excess of what is required, they will convert into unrestricted funds that SUPPORT OUR PARAS will use to support other Paras and their families.

 

Please visit https://mydonate.bt.com/events/teambreya/ to donate towards the Team Breya fund.  Donations made through the charity are commission—free and mean we can claim Gift Aid – and the taxman does his bit for the cause.

If you are organising an event, please contact the Charity Secretary, Natalie, for help and advice on secretary@supportourparas.org