The Avalanche Endurance Events (AEE) team, many of whom are former Paratroopers, are honoured to give something back to current serving members of our beloved parent unit The Parachute Regiment, through Support Our Paras. Our team of former SAS and SBS soldiers extend an offer of special guest places to join us on the high Welsh hills of Selection heartland to take on the legendary Fan Dance March, the world’s oldest Special Forces Selection test.
If you would like to pick up the SOP fundraising gauntlet, especially veterans of the legendary PARAS’ 10 event, please email email@example.com under the subject line: SOP FAN DANCE with your name and a brief summary of intention and the DS team will respond at speed.
Those who make the SOP fundraising team will earn a guest place for the summer (1/2/8 July 17) or winter (6/7 Jan 18) edition Fan Dance, a photograph with the DS team next to the iconic old red phone box and a piece of de rigeur ally Paratrooper attire – one of our Parasilk windproof jackets.
To learn more about the challenge ahead of you, visit www.thefandancerace.com
It was a night filled with stars at The Grange Hotel, London last Friday night as people gathered to watch celebrity boxing event ‘Boxing With The Stars’.
The event, organised by Eastenders actor Jake Wood, saw celebrities fighting each other to raise money for SUPPORT OUR PARAS.
The sold-out event was well attended with celebs such as Jacqueline Jossa, Dan Osborne, Rita Simons and Bianca Gascoigne turning out to support the event.
The evening consisted of eight fights, with Heavy D, TOWIE’s Lewis Bloor, Love Island’s Nathan Massey and Gogglebox’s George Gilbey among those who stepped in to the ring.
The event was a great success and our thanks go to all involved for choosing to support the charity.
Main image © Chris Mann
The Memory Endures tells the incredible story of Reg Curtis’ time during the war, including being taken prisoner and being shot and losing a leg. His nephew, Geoffrey, would travel to Arnhem with Reg in the years before his passing, to attend commemorations and he continues to sell copies of Reg’s book, with profits being sent to SUPPORT OUR PARAS, at Reg’s request.
Geoffrey maintains a Facebook page where he shares memories of his uncle and the times they shared in Arnhem before Reg passed away in 2016.
Geoffrey says, “What struck me immediately in Arnhem in 2004 was that Reg was treated with such extraordinary respect, almost reverence, by the local people. My uncle and his fellow Veterans were the centre of attention and people of all ages wanted to speak with them and shake their hands. Here in Arnhem they seemed more important than movie stars.”
To buy a copy of the book, or to find out more, visit The Memory Endures Facebook page.
The Commando Speed March is a military event that occurs every March and is based on the test that British Commando recruits faced.
During the Second World War, potential British Commandos would get off the train at Spean Bridge and be expected to speed march through the Scottish Highlands to the gates of Achnacarry House. They also had to carry their fighting order weighing 36lbs. 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.
Who can enter?
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’.
In 2015 teams from both 2 PARA and 3 PARA took part.
This year the event will be held on 11 March 2017. For more information, visit http://commandospeedmarch.webs.com/
This event is another great way to raise funds for SUPPORT OUR PARAS and you can even use it as training for the PARAS’ 10.
The Airborne Forces Security Fund is again making a grant available to veterans of The Rhine Crossing to assist with the cost of their commemorative trip this March. The grant is £300 for a veteran, £300 for his wife or partner and £300 if a carer is needed. The maximum grant is therefore £900.
A completed 2017 Rhine Crossing application form and a copy of your travel documents e.g. ferry or hotel booking, should be returned to:
The Airborne Forces Security Fund
For all enquiries please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org