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Airborne Burpee Challenge

The Airborne Burpee Challenge returned in April 2022 with some new challengers!

We asked entrants to complete 1,940 burpees in honour of the year Airborne Forces were formed. On 22nd June 1940 Winston Churchill sent a letter to General Ismay requesting a corps of at least 5,000 troops, and by 21 July 1940, men were making their first descents after parachute training.

Sign up was FREE and every entrant that raised £100 or more received a special, limited edition medal. Our entrants did brilliantly once again and raised an impressive amount for the Charity.

Keep an eye out next year for details on how you can sign up and get involved.

World Record MDS Attempt

Jonny, ex-PARA, is hoping to raise awareness of the importance of looking after our soldiers mental health when he attempts a World Record at The Toughest Footrace on Earth, the Marathon Des Sables this April.

Jonny says, “I will be carrying a weighted vest which weighs 10kg. The reason I will be wearing the weighted vest is because it represents Body Armour. When you go to war you wear Body Armour to protect you against bombs and bullets, but nothing PROTECTS YOUR MIND. I want to make a very clear visual statement about soldiers’ and veterans’ mental health.

“I served in The Parachute Regiment, in all 3 Battalions and deployed on multiple tours of Afghanistan. Over those tours, I was involved in incidents that I struggled to process on my return and with the help of Support Our Paras I was able to find therapy and get my life back on track. I want to raise money for the charity so that others may find help and hopefully I can do it with this crazy challenge!”

You can support Jonny by visiting his fundraising page at Jonny Hendry is fundraising for SUPPORT OUR PARAS (justgiving.com), and help us continue to protect the minds of our soldiers and veterans.

Christmas Hamper Appeal

Christmas is a time of giving and for SUPPORT OUR PARAS, this means the gift of festive cheer.

Every Christmas it has become a tradition for our charity to send a hamper to our veterans in need. These veterans are our Airborne brothers who may have previously been homeless, suffering with their mental health, are lonely and isolated or indeed suffering financially and in need of some support at this time of year, especially after the impact of Covid-19.

In 2020, the charity sent out 393 hampers, with each one costing £85. They are packed full of tinned food, biscuits, tea and coffee and many other things to help our veterans enjoy the Christmas period.

This year, we are asking for your support to continue sending these wonderful gifts. 2021 has been a strange year for everyone and we know that many have suffered financially, but any donation towards the cost of these hampers will be most gratefully received.

To support the appeal, simply visit Christmas Hampers 2021 – JustGiving

Advertise in Pegasus Journal

There is currently some opportunities available to advertise in Pegasus Journal.

Pegasus is the Journal of The Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces. In total, Pegasus regularly reaches some 6,000 serving personnel, and our readers also include a large number of former members of the Airborne Forces, including members of the Parachute Regimental Association and other veterans.

The Journal is published annually, with the next edition available early in 2022. If you would like more information on the advertising space available, please email FCM@supportourparas.org

Adopt a Parachute Regiment Pony

The Parachute Regiment is proud of its Shetland pony mascots, Pegasus and Bruneval. Pegasus, named after the mythical winged horse, symbol of British Airborne Forces since 1942, is the fifth pony to carry the name. He stars alone on parade in his livery but ponies like company at home, so Bruneval named after one of the Regiments World War Two battle honours – is his companion and a reserve if he is taken ill. Bruneval is also the naughtier of the two!

Mascots need a good temperament for parades as they will meet many people, hear shouting and noise, including military vehicles, planes and helicopters. Pegasus V has met anyone from HRH Prince Charles, to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and TV stars Ant and Dec.

Our pony mascots cost about £10,000 a year for food, stabling, shoes, tack, travel and vet bills. This funding comes from our charity Support our Paras (Registered Charity 1131977), which also looks after our wounded soldiers, veterans, widows and families in need and distress. This is where you can help us.

For just £35 you can donate to adopt Pegasus, helping with his feed and bills. Through your generosity to the ponies we can give more assistance to our soldiers and families. In return we will send you an Adoption Pack. Full details can be found at Adopt a Parachute Regiment Pony Mascot – JustGiving