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Grant towards Normandy Commemorative Event 2018

The Airborne Forces Security Fund is again making a grant available to veterans of the Battle of Normandy to assist with the cost of their commemorative trip this June. The grant is £680 for a veteran, £680 for his wife or partner and £680 if a carer is needed. The maximum grant is therefore £2,040.

Please complete the application form: 2018 Normandy reimbursement application,  together with a copy of travel documents e.g. ferry or hotel booking, which should be returned to:

Robert Airey
RHQ PARA
Merville Barracks
Colchester
Essex
CO2 7UT

For all enquiries please contact: robert.airey100@mod.gov.uk

Bid for Breya

Our eBay auction is now CLOSED.

Thanks to Barclays Bank PLC we had a bunch of signed Premier League kit that was auctioned to support our brave little Breya. The 3 year-old daughter of PARA dad Ollie and mum Holly, Breya is fighting Stage 4 High-Risk Neuroblastoma cancer for which she needs special treatment in the USA. Read her story here.

The 10-day eBay auction ended on Sunday 25th March and every item has found a new home.

We’d like to say a very big thank you to everyone who supported the auction, by spreading the word or by bidding! You helped us raise an impressed £863.00 towards Breya’s treatment.

You can still donate directly to Breya’s fund by clicking here. Donations made through the charity are commission—free and mean we can claim Gift Aid – and the taxman does his bit for the cause.

If you are organising an event, or would like some advice, please contact the Charity Secretary, Natalie, for help and advice on secretary@supportourparas.org

New hope for Breya – with your support

On 13 January 2017, 2 year old Breya Ward, daughter of Sgt Ollie Ward and Holly Robinson, was diagnosed with Stage 4 High Risk Neuroblastoma. This very rare and aggressive cancer affects children under the age of 6.

A year on, Breya has fought so hard to beat her cancer. She has bravely come though her operation, a year of chemo and her third birthday.  A vaccine therapy trial in New York now gives her the best chance of building up her immunity so she can beat it completely. 50% of Stage 4 Neuroblastoma patients can relapse within 2 years, so Team Breya are getting in ahead of any relapse. We are working with her parents to make it happen.

Breya is closer than ever to this vital help – just 3 months to go – but we still appeal for your support to get her there. She needs £35,000 to reach the target amount.

A designated fund for Breya within the charity holds all money raised. If for any reason the funds raised are in excess of what is required, they will convert into unrestricted funds that SUPPORT OUR PARAS will use to support other Paras and their families.

 

Please visit https://mydonate.bt.com/events/teambreya/ to donate towards the Team Breya fund.  Donations made through the charity are commission—free and mean we can claim Gift Aid – and the taxman does his bit for the cause.

If you are organising an event, please contact the Charity Secretary, Natalie, for help and advice on secretary@supportourparas.org

Commando Speed March 2018

For more information, visit http://commandospeedmarch.webs.com/

The Commando Speed March is held annually with the intention of raising money for various military charities and will be returning on 3 March 2018.

The race follows the original route used to select personnel for Commando training who, if successful, would be trained in and around the grounds of Achnacarry House. Achnacarry House was used as the HQ of the primary British Commando Training Centre during the Second World War.

Recruits were given just 1 hour to complete the 7 mile route, and those that failed to achieve this time would be returned to their parent unit.

In 1996, this speed march was reconstructed, based on this initial selection test, to raise funds for the Commando Benevolent Fund and the Airborne Forces Charities.  Not quite as far as the P Coy 10-miler, The Speed March has since become an established annual military event attracting over 300 entrants a year, each wearing either a maroon or green t shirt.

This event is open only to Military Personnel.  Members of the Armed Forces, Foreign Military, TA Units and Regimental Associations are all eligible to apply for a place in the Speed March.  Army Cadets wanting to participate must be accompanied by adult staff and Health and Safety rules are applied.  Cadets also carry a reduced load and participate in the ‘fun run’.

Another great way to raise funds for SUPPORT OUR PARAS and you can even use it as training for the PARAS’10.

Fundraising Stamps

It’s that time of year when Christmas cards are starting to land on your doorstep, adorned with festive postage stamps. Instead of recycling the envelopes with the stamps on, why not cut the stamps off and help us raise some pennies?

Fundraising Stamps will pay us £11 per kilo for recycled stamps.  All you need to do is request a pre-paid envelope from their website, pop your old stamps in there and send it back. It’s that easy!

So please, save your stamps and help us raise a little bit extra to help a Para and his family in need this Christmas by visiting our Fundraising Stamps page and requesting your envelopes now.