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D-Day Skydive for SUPPORT OUR PARAS

Keep Calm and SkydiveOn 6 June 1944, Parachute Regiment soldiers dropped into France to support the Normandy landings to liberate Europe from the Nazis, defending the eastern flank of the invasion from German reinforcements, and attacking the Merville battery whose guns were trained on the beaches.

That was now 71 years ago. Many of the brave heroes who had waited for the 70th anniversary in 2014 have died since those commemorations. Their successors are still at the spearhead of the British Armed Forces. All do their job uncomplainingly but there is always a human cost.

To honour them and all those who fought in 1944 we want to get at least 30 people on a tandem freefall skydive at Hibaldstow, Lincolnshire to raise charity funds for SUPPORT OUR PARAS.

We offer a special charity jump rate of £190 for this event and you must in addition raise a separate amount of £200 or more – the sky’s the limit – for SUPPORT OUR PARAS.

The jump will take place on Saturday 6th June 2015- D-Day itself.

This is your chance to be part of a fantastic celebration and raise funds for a great cause.

For more information, or to book, please visit Skydive Hibaldstow’s website.

Cash Converters donates £6,000 to SUPPORT OUR PARAS

Sponsors of the darts 2014 Players Championship, Cash Converters, has donated £6,000 to help support wounded soldiers after striking a deal with Master of Ceremonies, John McDonald.

On 23rd January, Operations Director at SUPPORT OUR PARAS, Colin Smith MBE and wounded soldier, Thomas Neathway, were presented with the £6,000 donation by John Walker MD, owner of a group of Cash Converters stores and operations director Mick Jones, at the Cash Converters store in Worcester.  Professional darts player, Terry Jenkins, was also at the store on Pump Street where customers watched his skills in action and Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Alan Amos, joined to support the occasion.

The 2014 Players Championship Finals, sponsored by second hand-retailer Cash Converters, was the seventh edition of the PDC darts tournament. The tournament, which took place in Minehead, saw the top 32 players from PDC Pro Tour Order of Merit take part. Gary Anderson was crowned the title with an 11-6 win against Adrian Lewis.

Cash Converters agreed with former paratrooper and leading darts announcer, John McDonald that they would donate £100 to SUPPORT OUR PARAS, his favoured charity, for every finish in the tournament that scored checkouts of 100 or more.

Richard Livesey, marketing director at Cash Converters said: “This latest PDC event saw a record number of outstandingly high scores which totaled 60 ton-plus finishes. This is not only great news for the champion darts players but also for SUPPORT OUR PARAS because we donated a total of £6,000 as a result.”

SUPPORT OUR PARAS helps to support soldiers and the families of those that served with The Parachute Regiment in Afghanistan and other conflicts who have been wounded or killed as a result.

Colin Smith MBE, said: “I want to thank Cash Converters for supporting our Paras in such a unique way. To agree to donate £100 for each time a darts player scored a 100+ checkout, not knowing how many players would achieve this, was brave and very generous. It is with such support that we as a charity are able to provide for our wounded paratroopers and their families and more importantly those who have lost their loved ones while serving on operations.

“The £6,000 they have donated is very much appreciated by myself, our charity and all of our soldiers who will benefit from this donation. The need to support our soldiers and families will continue for many years to come.”

PDC World Number 15, Terry “The Bull” Jenkins, said: “I’m delighted to handover such a huge sum of money to SUPPORT OUR PARAS on behalf of Cash Converters. I always enjoy giving my support to charity initiatives where I can. SUPPORT OUR PARAS is a fantastic charity with a strong association with the PDC. Knowing Cash Converters would donate £100 for each 100 plus checkout gave us all added motivation to do well. I’m already looking forward to next year’s Cash Converters Players Championship tournament.”

Donate by Text

Donate by Text

SUPPORT OUR PARAS supports The Parachute Regiment through the welfare of serving soldiers and families and those affected by recent operations, and through the maintenance of its regimental efficiency, ethos, spirit and heritage.  Without the generosity of our supporters, we would be unable to carry on the work that we do.

Thanks to JustTextGiving by Vodafone, you can now donate to our charity by texting PARA42 followed by the amount you wish to donate, to 70070.  You can donate £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10.

As an example, to donate £5, you would text the following to 70070: PARA42 £5

Every penny you donate comes to us, and your network provider does not charge you for the SMS you send to make the donation.  It’s that simple – so get texting and spread the word!

If you have any questions about JustTextGiving, visit justtextgiving.co.uk

Win a medal at Wembley.

General Sport - Wembley Stadium Aerial Views

Fancy running in Wembley Stadium this year for us? On 15 March  the North London Half Marathon will be started by double Olympic Gold medallist Mo Farah, and you can be in it. We have just 5 places in this special event.

We need you to  raise £300 for SUPPORT OUR PARAS. Interested? Email secretary@supportourparas.org to get registered.

The Vitality North London Half Marathon takes you on a tour of North London and sees you cross the finish line in a celebratory stadium finish in front of thousands of cheering spectators!

Join us on Sunday 15th March 2015 for the first Vitality North London Half Marathon.

The race starts from Allianz Park in Barnet, home of the Saracens Rugby Club and takes a route through the leafy streets of North London all the way to Wembley Stadium. Runners will run the length of one of the most famous stadiums in the world!  The race then returns to Allianz Park to an epic stadium finish and your well-earned winner’s medal!
This is a race for everyone, from the sporting enthusiast to the first time runner, creating a race experience like no other

Reg Curtis book jacket wider version

New book from Para veteran supports us

Reg Curtis book coverA new book by a veteran original Para will help to support his modern day equivalent. The charity will receive the profits from sales. You can buy copies online.

When Reg Curtis enlisted with the Grenadier Guards in 1937, little did he know that two years later Britain would be plunged into the Second World War. Reg found himself fighting for King and Country in France and Belgium as part of the British Expeditionary Force and along with 300,000 other men was evacuated from Dunkirk in May 1940. Winston Churchill called for a new type of fighting soldier and Reg volunteered for commando and parachute training, one of the first 500 men who formed No. 2 Commando, later renamed the 11th SAS Battalion.

The training was intense and the techniques new and as yet untried. By the time they saw action the Battalion had again been renamed, and this time the name would stick: The 1st Parachute Battalion.

At Arnhem, in September 1944, Reg was shot and lay on his back as the battle raged around him for six days and nights. He was taken prisoner and his right leg amputated.

You will never hear these men speak of heroism, except when referring to the medics who tended them or the many brave civilians they met. But to the rest of us they are heroes of the highest rank, and Reg Curtis is one among them.

Our thanks go to Reg, to Geoffrey Holland and Pilots Publishing.