Crudgington Appeal

On 02 July 2022, one of our soldiers was involved in a serious speed flying accident. LCpl Lee Crudgington, who joined 2 PARA in 2005, was speed flying in France when he crashed and was left very seriously injured.

Lee, who is an experienced skydiver having spent 10 years on the Red Devils Army Parachute Display Team, racking up over 5,000 jumps, has been in intensive care in French hospitals since the accident. He needs a 12-hour surgery to stabilise his pelvis, followed by a period of monitoring before he will even be considered fit to transport back to the UK.

Lee is one of our own and family take care of each other – we have been supporting him and his family in France, but now we need your help. On top of mounting foreign medical costs, Lee will need a specialist aeromedical team to fly him back to the UK, where he will undergo further surgery and start a long period of rehabilitation. Please visit our appeal page here and give what you can.

SUPPORT OUR PARAS are committed to supporting Lee with his medical costs and repatriation, but would welcome any contributions towards the total. You can help further by adding Gift Aid to your donation.

New CEO

SUPPORT OUR PARAS is delighted to announce that Andrew Jackson has been appointed as the next Chief Executive Officer of The Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces Charity.

Andrew, known as Jacko, served in The Parachute Regiment for over 30 years and has been working in the financial sector since leaving the Army.

Jacko assumes the appointment on 11 July 2022.

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.

The Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces Charity