Teams from the whole Airborne community are making special pilgrimages
to Arnhem for the 75th Anniversary Commemorations of Op Market Garden 1944. And
they have chosen to support us while they are it.
Steve Larken and team (above) are cycling from the Cenotaph in London to
John Frost Bridge in Arnhem. The team consists of injured & able bodied
They will depart the ferry on the 19th, ride to John Frost Bridge to enjoy a beer or two with friends and former colleagues. The following day we will cycle the battlefield tour and join in with the parade and celebrations. On the 21st we will cycle to Ginkel Heath DZ for the day’s events.
Ian Dorling is leading an Arnhem Bimble of retired Airborne REME. The
first of these ‘Bimbles’ took place in 1986 and then every other year for about
The current team consists of 19 men the oldest
being 64 and the youngest 40ish. Our planned route is to depart from Aldershot
and tab, with 35 lbs bergens, to Arnhem via London, Chelmsford, Colchester,
Harwich, Utrecht and Ede. The event will be a relay with two men tabbing at any
one time over short legs of approx 3 miles. Our final leg will be from
Ede to the John Frost Bridge via Heelsum and following Route Lion to arrive at
the John Frost Bridge at approx 1500hrs on Fri 20 Sep 19
A former Paratrooper is
gearing up for his next big boxing fight to raise vital funds for Support Our
Paras, the charity that supported him after life-changing injuries in
Lewis, 36, is a former Paratrooper who served with the 2nd Battalion
Parachute Regiment and is set to compete in his third boxing match on Saturday
14th September in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.
being a below the knee amputee that hasn’t stopped Michael from training six
days a week in the lead up to the big fight and he hopes to inspire others, by
getting back in the ring after his latest fight in July.
said “After my first match, which ended in a defeat, I am determined to
come back fighting. I proved this by winning my second fight in just one minute
thirty eight seconds in round one under boxing coach Lee Edwards of BST
Academy, Northampton. Getting back into training and into the ring has to be
one of the hardest things I have done, but I want to promote Support Our Paras
for what it is, showing that donations really do help individuals like myself
and all those within the Airborne Forces community including families.”
losing my leg in 2008 during service in Afghanistan, I have been focused on
challenging myself no matter what the limitations and in the past have
completed two mud runs and The Royal Parks Half Marathon just last year. All
donations go towards Support Our Paras and I am proof of where the money goes
and how it helps. They provided me a active prosthetic foot and funded a new
wet room which was a welcome addition to my home.”
served with the 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment as a Corporal and
had been in the Army since 2000. In 2008 everything changed, with only six
weeks left to go of his tour before he returned home, Michael and his platoon
were engaged in an intense fire-fight and Michael was hit by a British
Artillery 105mm round. He was left with blast wounds which nearly severed his
left arm, shrapnel wounds to his left knee and blast wounds to his right leg
which led to a below knee amputation.
The injures lead to Michael being medically discharged
from the Army in 2012 and life as Michael knew it was changed forever,
consequently his dream of serving in the British Armed Forces was over.
However, through Michael’s treatment, rehabilitation and transition from
military to civilian street Support Our Paras has been there for him.
3 PARA returned from Ex SWIFT RESPONSE in July where they were working alongside their French and American counterparts in Croatia. However, a small team from C Coy have chose to take the long route home and tabbed 500 miles back across Europe.
Exercise Enduring Heritage was the brainchild of OC C Coy, Maj Andrew Fox, and involved a team of guys conducting a weighted march from Arnhem to Normandy, two places that are very significant to the history of The Parachute Regiment, in order to raise money for the regimental charity, Support Our Paras. You can sponsor them here https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/enduringheritage
We are pleased to report that just after lunch on 18 July, after 20 solid days tabbing, the team crossed the finish line at Pegasus Bridge!
The guys were joined along the way by superstar DJ and ex-PARA, Danny Rampling, for 75 miles of their epic journey. Danny has been a huge supporter of the charity over the years and regularly joins us for PARAS’10. Professional MMA fighter and Police Officer, Kerry Hughes also joined the team and crossed the finish line with them on 18 July.
To catch up with the team’s journey and see the highlights of their challenge, check out Maj Fox on Twitter at https://twitter.com/maj_fox
Merville Barracks is rather quiet at the moment as the majority of 3 PARA are away on exercise in a variety of locations. One of those locations is The Falkland Islands, where A Coy deployed almost two months ago.
Not content with just going on exercise, A Coy decided they wanted to take PARAS’10 back to the Falklands, two years after the inaugural race when 3 PARA were last out there in 2017.
At the end of June, A Coy held their own PARAS’10 with finisher t-shirts and medals like every other race, and raising money for their Regimental Charity. You can sponsor them here https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JamesThwaite
Their aim was to raise £5,000 which will go towards supporting their brothers and their families when they are in times of need, but they need your help to make that target a reality.
This event was the second international PARAS’10 this year and the third 2019 race. The first was held in Kabul, where 3 PARA were deployed earlier this year and the second was our regular Colchester event, which saw record numbers attend.
If you’d like to test yourself against The Parachute Regiment standards, you can join us at our Catterick event this September. For more information or to sign up, please visit https://paras10.com/