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Newsletter – May/June 2016

Colchester 2016

Through thick mud and machine gun fire, some 700 runners took part in the annual PARAS’10 challenge in Colchester. A mix of civilians, soldiers and dogs took part in the 10-mile run, which iscompleted as a cross-country race in trainers or as the P Company Challenge, wearing boots, trousers and carrying a 35lb rucksack – known as tabbing. The weather conditions were just right for The Parachute Regiment’s Red Devils freefall display team to drop in before the race started. 

This year saw the introduction of the Military Team Tab trophy which was won by 13 Air Assault Support Regiment RLC Team A. Joint winners of the civilian Tab Team trophy were our sponsors LW Fitness for All and a couple dressed in full wedding attire who will soon be getting married. A couple that tabs together stays together. The first runner home was Nichahang Rai of the Royal Gurkha Rifles who did it in 1hr 2mins. For more results check out:

The Support Our Paras Charity Stall did a roaring trade in PARAS’10 must have ‘pruffs’ which were modelled on the day by many participants and spectators! You can still get your hands on these by making a suggestion donation of £6 inc. p&p via Virgin Money Giving (link at the bottom of, then emailing with your details (name, address, donation reference number and how many you have donated for)

Sign up for Catterick, 04 September 2016 at

Photo Credit: LCpl Prue, RHQ PARA

East of England Co-op
Green Token Scheme

We are proud to announce that the East of England Co-op have selected us to be part of their green scheme. Our collection boxes will be in Colchester stores from 01st May until the end of July (3 months). The following Colchester will be supporting us:

  • Mersea Road
  • Wimpole Road
  • Abbots Road
  • Old Heath
  • Harwich Road
  • Greenstead
  • Wivenhoe
  • Rowhedge

Every time a member shops at the Co-op, they’ll be given a token to put in the collection box of their choice. More tokens in our box means a bigger share of the £1000 for us! So please encourage your friends, family and supporters of the charity to choose us.

Find more info:

Coming up…

This week:
Cadets Bag Pack
Tesco: Hythe – Colchester

On Sunday 29 May 2016 the Garrison Scout Group will be conducting a bag pack in order to raise donations for us. They will also be handing out leaflets to generate more awareness of the charity.

If you are in the Colchester area and need to do any shopping make sure you head down and show them your support!

Location: Tesco, Hythe, Greenstead Road, Colchester
Times: 09.30am – 4pmLook out for the Scouts at the front of the store or at the end of the tills.

Household Division V Parachute Regiment Boxing Night

On Thursday 27 October a night of Dinner and Boxing will be held at Wellington Barracks, London, with the Parachute Regiment boxing against the Household Division.

This is sure to be a memorable occasion.

Contact to reserve your table of 10.

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 race route through the heart of Central London, passing many of the Capital’s truly world class historic landmarks.

If you sign up to run with us you will recieve a free Support Our Paras goody bag on completion.

Date: Sunday 10th July 2016 – We have 15 more places up for grabs!

Contact:   or visit: Vitality 10k for more information or to sign up.

Red Devils Tandem Skydive

Experience the adrenaline rush of tandem skydiving with the best in the business and raise money for us at the same time! If you’ve always wanted to do a sky dive what better way than with the Red Devils. 

Day 1:
Thursday 23 June 2016 –
Old Sarum Near Salisbury Wiltshire

Day 2:
Tuesday 02 August 2016 –
Langar Airfield, Nottingham

For more information on costs and sponsorship please visit: Red Devil

Trinity Ball

John Mason will be holding the black tie Trinity Ball in support of 3 charities: SUPPORT OUR PARAS, Hire a Hero and Churchill Lines Charitable Fund.

The evening will consist of a champagne Reception, dinner, a silent auction and a live auction with some superb prizes available.  
Time: 6.30pm to 1am
Venue: Sandwick House, Bramley
Tickets: £95
Table: For 10 people – £950

More info visit: Trinity Ball 


Newsletter – Community Green Token Scheme

We are delighted that our recent application to take part in our Community Token Scheme has been successful!

Collection boxes will be appearing in stores around Colchester on the 1st May and will run for three months until the end of July.

Below are the stores who will be supporting us;

  • Mersea Road
  • Wimpole Road
  • Abbots Road
  • Old Heath
  • Harwich Road
  • Greenstead
  • Wivenhoe
  • Rowhedge

Every time a member shops at the Co-op, they’ll be given a token to put in the collection box of their choice. More tokens in our box means a bigger share of the £1000 for us – so please vote for us and encourage friends and family to do so.

Newsletter March/April 2016


Tandem Sky Dive with the Red Devils
Are you feeling brave? Want the experience of a lifetime?

We have charity jump days on the following:
Thursday 23 June 2016
Old Sarum, Near Salisbury, Wiltshire

Tuesday 02 August 2016
Langar Airfield, Nottingham

Find out more information at or

How can you help?

Collections: Get your hands on a Collector’s Packs and fundraise for us. It could be in your local area, business or event etc… Packs are made up of collecting boxes, seals, name badges, a t-shirt, Guide to Collections and an Authorised Collector certificate.

Shopping: Shop via and raise donations at no extra cost to you. Shop normally at places like Amazon, Tesco, Dominos and a percentage of your spend is donated to the charity.

Fundraising: The easiest way to collect is by setting up your own fundraising page on Virgin Money Giving. All you have to do is sign up, choose SUPPORT OUR PARAS as the charity you are supporting, add a photo and some background about what you’re doing and why. Then we can help promote it on our social media.


Don’t forget to get your very own SUPPORT OUR PARAS wristband at the Airborne Shop for £2 inc. p&p. Profits from all sales made through the store go directy to SUPPORT OUR PARAS, so every purchase you make will directly benefit The Parachute Regiment. You might even find some more goodies along the way!

The ultimate endurance race returns to Colchester on 15 May 2016 for it’s 5th year in a row.  The race is open to both civilians and military personnel, with those taking part either running or tabbing with 35lb weight and boots. 

If you’ve not taken part before, now is the time! Don’t miss out on this fantastic challenge which will leave you with an amazing sense of achievement.

Sign up at to secure your place.

Find us on:  @supportourparas