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Wigley Support Fund helps first beneficiary

Pictured above, from left to right, are James Davies, director at The Wigley Group, Robert Wigley, managing director of The Wigley Group, and Lance Corporal Gavin Prue.

Charity has begun at home for a Coventry company which has launched a fund to help soldiers take the first step onto a new career ladder.

The Wigley Support Fund (WSF) has been set up by The Wigley Group to retrain soldiers identified by The Parachute Regiment charity Support Our Paras.

The first beneficiary is Coventry-born Lance Corporal Gavin Prue who is being helped with the cost of studying an access to higher education in computing at the city’s Henley College.

LCpl Prue is leaving the Army in July after 10 years’ service and hopes the course will enable him to study for a degree in computer science at Coventry University and lead to a career in cyber security.

The commercial property company has raised £63,000 from The Wigley Group Golf Open & Gala Dinner over the last four years for Support Our Paras, which supports the welfare of serving and injured soldiers and their families.

Money raised from this year’s event on Wednesday, July 19 at Staverton Park De Vere, near Daventry, will go directly to the Wigley Support Fund to specifically help soldiers towards the cost of training for a new profession.

LCpl Prue, aged 25, who lives in Bedworth, has spent nine years with The Parachute Regiment and served all over the world including active deployment to Helmand in Afghanistan.

He said: “Before joining the Army, I went to Henley College for about three months to do a BTEC course in computing so I am now going back to where I left off.

“Having left school with next to no education, The Wigley Group has been kind enough to fund an access course which will hopefully enable me to go to university and ultimately pursue a career in cyber security.  It’s a fantastic opportunity and I’m immensely grateful.

“The Army is a brilliant career and it can be quite daunting to leave the security of it. The Wigley Support Fund will be invaluable in helping soldiers like myself have a better chance of finding a new path.”

Robert Wigley, managing director of The Wigley Group, said: “We have been a proud supporter of Support Our Paras over the last four years, raising £63,000 to help the charity with the welfare of serving and injured soldiers and their families.

“We have launched this new initiative as a fund in agreement with Support Our Paras which will see the money we raise used specifically to retrain soldiers, equipping them with new skills for a new start.

“As a company we have a corporate social responsibility to support charities and to help our local community to the best of our ability, and we are delighted that the first beneficiary of The Wigley Support Fund is from our area.

“The funding will enable LCpl Prue to follow his dream of a new career in cyber security and we look forward to helping more soldiers like him.”

Former England football player and manager Kevin Keegan OBE will be the special guest and dinner speaker at this year’s Wigley Group Golf Open & Gala Dinner, which attracts around 200 business professionals.

To enter a team or sponsor this year’s event, contact gemma@thewigleygroup.com

Jeffrey’s 85 miles for 85 years

Jeffrey Long MBE, 12th Bn PARA veteran and PRA member, is celebrated his 85th birthday in a way not many others would – with an 85 mile walk along the Leeds-Liverpool Canal.  And he did it to raise money for SUPPORT OUR PARAS.

Jeffrey set off for his solo walk unsupported, but was joined for part of the way by the Mayor of Skipton.

This isn’t the first time Jeffrey has taken on a huge distance walk for his birthday.  Last year he walked the 84 miles of Hadrian’s Wall for his 84th birthday and he has also previously walked 625 miles from London to Lausanne.

You can read more about Jeffrey’s story here.

You can still donate to Jeffrey’s fundraising page; please visit https://mydonate.bt.com/events/jeffreylongmbe/ 

Grant for Veterans – Battle of Normandy Commemorative Trip

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 £300 for a veteran, £300 for his wife or partner and £300 if a carer is needed. The maximum grant is therefore £900.

Please complete the application form: 2017 Normandy 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
RHQ PARA
Merville Barracks
Colchester
Essex
CO2 7UT

For all enquiries please contact: syfund@parachute-regiment.com

Grant for Veterans – Battle of Arnhem Commemorative Trip

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 £300 for a veteran, £300 for his wife or partner and £300 if a carer is needed. The maximum grant is therefore £900.

Please complete the application form: 2017 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
RHQ PARA
Merville Barracks
Colchester
Essex
CO2 7UT

For all enquiries please contact: syfund@parachute-regiment.com

Do the Fan Dance for SUPPORT OUR PARAS

The Avalanche Endurance Events (AEE) team, many of whom are former Paratroopers, are honoured to give something back to current serving members of our beloved parent unit The Parachute Regiment, through Support Our Paras. Our team of former SAS and SBS soldiers extend an offer of special guest places to join us on the high Welsh hills of Selection heartland to take on the legendary Fan Dance March, the world’s oldest Special Forces Selection test.

If you would like to pick up the SOP fundraising gauntlet, especially veterans of the legendary PARAS’ 10 event, please email ds@avalancheenduranceevents.com under the subject line: SOP FAN DANCE with your name and a brief summary of intention and the DS team will respond at speed.

Those who make the SOP fundraising team will earn a guest place for the summer (1/2/8 July 17) or winter (6/7 Jan 18) edition Fan Dance, a photograph with the DS team next to the iconic old red phone box and a piece of de rigeur ally Paratrooper attire – one of our Parasilk windproof jackets.

To learn more about the challenge ahead of you, visit www.thefandancerace.com