Support Our Paras enlisted the help of local schools to create pieces of artwork and write cheery messages to send to our veterans to let them know they are very much in our thoughts at this very difficult time.
Colchester local schools – Montgomery Junior and Hamilton Primary, pulled out all the stops and were honoured to help the military community.
During the COVID-19 epidemic, when many of our Veterans who are over 70 or with health conditions, are having to self-isolate we wanted to reach out and let them know that we, The Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces Charity (Support Our Paras) and wider community, are there to help and support and that they are not alone.
Many of our veteran recipients have seen active service in Operational Tours including NI and WW2 and were absolutely delighted with the fabulous pictures and words of comfort and can not thank the children enough for their thoughtful creations.
“Getting something beautiful through the post has really brightened my lockdown. I extend my sincere gratitude to the children for all their hardwork, and have proudly put mine on display” 96yrs- Ardennes/Rhine Crossing.
This week, 18-24 May, is Mental Health Awareness week and theme is Kindness. We are most grateful to all the children who took part, and to those still designing pieces, their acts of kindness have had a lasting impact on those who fought and served their country. Thank you.
If you need any help and support please do get in touch with our Head of Welfare at firstname.lastname@example.org. Serving Personnel please contact your medical officer (MO).
The Government has directed that if you or anyone in your household shows the symptoms of COVID 19 (continuous cough, high temperature) that your entire household stays at home in isolation from other people for at least 14 days. Observing this advice is essential to slow the spread of Coronavirus. Everyone has a responsibility to ensure that they do not go to work or places where other people congregate while exhibiting symptoms.
The Prime Minister has announced further significant measures: stop non-essential contact with others; stop all unnecessary travel; people should work from home where they can.
In light of this and the need to slow the spread of coronavirus, particularly to individuals at higher risk (elderly and those with existing chronic illnesses), RHQ PARA and Charity staff have switched to remote working from home. All Regimental Recruiting activities have been cancelled as have the following events:
Ardennes/Rhine Crossing 75thCommemorations
3 Para Reunion
March of Loyalty
Pegasus Network Meetings
4 Para Reunion
PARAS’10 Colchester postponed to 7 Nov
Regimental Commemoration NMA PRA Dinner Bosworth Hall
Decisions will be made on the following events in due course:
The Charity’s Welfare Team will continue to operate as normally as possible, although staff availability may impact speed of response. Please bear with us while we adjust to the situation and establish reliable methods of communication.
Veterans, who may be vulnerable through age or illness or do not have family that can support them in isolation, may need RHQ/PRAFC support. Those that are vulnerable and need assistance will have to be monitored. Assistance may be required to resupply them if the situation persists and regular monitoring and communication will be vital to their care, but please note the high risks of physically visiting which should be avoided.
In summary, COVID 19 is a significant threat to the health and wellbeing of our veterans, particularly the more elderly or infirm. We all have a role to play in physically isolating ourselves and our families to reduce the spread of the virus, as well as keeping in touch with vulnerable veterans by electronic means. If they need support or advice that cannot be provided locally then our Welfare Team is ready to offer advice.
This is your chance to join Support Our Paras on this incredible challenge and help them raise vital funds. Due to COVID, this challenge is postponed to 21 – 25 June 2021, as September 2020 is looking tight under current advice.
Mount Toubkal (4167m) is the highest mountain in North Africa. This incredible challenge will take you on a journey through the Toubkal valley, passing through terraced farmland and Berber villages, where you can immerse yourself in the stunning surroundings. It will feel like stepping back hundreds of years and it is a wonderful escape from, and contrast to, the fast- paced lives we live in the UK. At the summit, you will be rewarded with views in every direction, from the High Atlas peaks in the north and to the south, the Sahara, rolling far away to the heart of Africa. On the final day, we will have time to explore Marrakech. This is a unique opportunity to share a fantastic experience with fellow supporters, while challenging yourself and raising all-important funds for the charity.
Bill Laurence, Ex Para Regt, will be leading the team on this challenge and Charlie Richards, ex-Army Officer, will be your dedicated Tribal Tracks advisor for the preparation of the trip ensuring that every single detail of the challenge runs smoothly, from start to finish.
Toubkal Challenge highlights!
A personal challenge that will tick many bucket list boxes;
A five-day Mount Toubkal Challenge trip to Morocco beginning and ending in vibrant Marrakech;
Acclimatisation trek in the High Atlas, followed by the summit of Mount Toubkal at 4167m;
Stunning High Atlas Mountain surroundings with views of the Sahara from the top!
A final night celebration to salute the group’s impressive achievement;
Fully supported trek with mountain guides, cooks and a UK leader.
Group size and dates
The maximum group size is 18 people. Due to the limited places, places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, we are expecting this to fill up quickly following the feedback from the Paras in the City lunch yesterday. The deadline for bookings is 20 February 2020.
2 Para will be raising funds for Support Our Paras during their forthcoming 6 month deployment to Afghanistan by covering the 4101 miles distance from Kabul to Colchester (K2C) in 180 days!
Individuals taking part will run and bike the full distance back home, covering on average a staggering 23 miles per day! Doing a minimum of 4 mile run per day and remainder on an exercise bike, rowing machine or cross trainer.
Sponsors, families and friends will be able to track their route home on an interactive map and regular video diaries and updates.
Please show your support and donate ..