Jeffrey’s 85 miles for 85 years

Jeffrey Long MBE, 12th Bn PARA veteran and PRA member, is celebrated his 85th birthday in a way not many others would – with an 85 mile walk along the Leeds-Liverpool Canal.  And he did it to raise money for SUPPORT OUR PARAS.

Jeffrey set off for his solo walk unsupported, but was joined for part of the way by the Mayor of Skipton.

This isn’t the first time Jeffrey has taken on a huge distance walk for his birthday.  Last year he walked the 84 miles of Hadrian’s Wall for his 84th birthday and he has also previously walked 625 miles from London to Lausanne.

You can read more about Jeffrey’s story here.

You can still donate to Jeffrey’s fundraising page; please visit https://mydonate.bt.com/events/jeffreylongmbe/ 

Grant for Veterans – Battle of Normandy Commemorative Trip

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 £300 for a veteran, £300 for his wife or partner and £300 if a carer is needed. The maximum grant is therefore £900.

Please complete the application form: 2017 Normandy application for grant,  together with a copy of travel documents e.g. ferry or hotel booking. which should be returned to:

The Airborne Forces Security Fund
RHQ PARA
Merville Barracks
Colchester
Essex
CO2 7UT

For all enquiries please contact: syfund@parachute-regiment.com

Grant for Veterans – Battle of Arnhem Commemorative Trip

The Airborne Forces Security Fund is again making a grant available to veterans of the Battle of Arnhem to assist with the cost of their commemorative trip this September. 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.

Please complete the application form: 2017 Arnhem application for grant,  together with a copy of travel documents e.g. ferry or hotel booking. which should be returned to:

The Airborne Forces Security Fund
RHQ PARA
Merville Barracks
Colchester
Essex
CO2 7UT

For all enquiries please contact: syfund@parachute-regiment.com

Do the Fan Dance for SUPPORT OUR PARAS

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 ds@avalancheenduranceevents.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

Boxing With The Stars

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 Parachute Regiment Charity