Teams from the whole Airborne community are making special pilgrimages to Arnhem for the 75th Anniversary Commemorations of Op Market Garden 1944. And they have chosen to support us while they are it.
Steve Larken and team (above) are cycling from the Cenotaph in London to John Frost Bridge in Arnhem. The team consists of injured & able bodied former soldiers.
They will depart the ferry on the 19th, ride to John Frost Bridge to enjoy a beer or two with friends and former colleagues. The following day we will cycle the battlefield tour and join in with the parade and celebrations. On the 21st we will cycle to Ginkel Heath DZ for the day’s events.
Ian Dorling is leading an Arnhem Bimble of retired Airborne REME. The
first of these ‘Bimbles’ took place in 1986 and then every other year for about
The current team consists of 19 men the oldest being 64 and the youngest 40ish. Our planned route is to depart from Aldershot and tab, with 35 lbs bergens, to Arnhem via London, Chelmsford, Colchester, Harwich, Utrecht and Ede. The event will be a relay with two men tabbing at any one time over short legs of approx 3 miles. Our final leg will be from Ede to the John Frost Bridge via Heelsum and following Route Lion to arrive at the John Frost Bridge at approx 1500hrs on Fri 20 Sep 19
A former Paratrooper is gearing up for his next big boxing fight to raise vital funds for Support Our Paras, the charity that supported him after life-changing injuries in Afghanistan.
Michael Lewis, 36, is a former Paratrooper who served with the 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment and is set to compete in his third boxing match on Saturday 14th September in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.
Despite being a below the knee amputee that hasn’t stopped Michael from training six days a week in the lead up to the big fight and he hopes to inspire others, by getting back in the ring after his latest fight in July.
Michael said “After my first match, which ended in a defeat, I am determined to come back fighting. I proved this by winning my second fight in just one minute thirty eight seconds in round one under boxing coach Lee Edwards of BST Academy, Northampton. Getting back into training and into the ring has to be one of the hardest things I have done, but I want to promote Support Our Paras for what it is, showing that donations really do help individuals like myself and all those within the Airborne Forces community including families.”
“Since losing my leg in 2008 during service in Afghanistan, I have been focused on challenging myself no matter what the limitations and in the past have completed two mud runs and The Royal Parks Half Marathon just last year. All donations go towards Support Our Paras and I am proof of where the money goes and how it helps. They provided me a active prosthetic foot and funded a new wet room which was a welcome addition to my home.”
Michael served with the 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment as a Corporal and had been in the Army since 2000. In 2008 everything changed, with only six weeks left to go of his tour before he returned home, Michael and his platoon were engaged in an intense fire-fight and Michael was hit by a British Artillery 105mm round. He was left with blast wounds which nearly severed his left arm, shrapnel wounds to his left knee and blast wounds to his right leg which led to a below knee amputation.
The injures lead to Michael being medically discharged from the Army in 2012 and life as Michael knew it was changed forever, consequently his dream of serving in the British Armed Forces was over. However, through Michael’s treatment, rehabilitation and transition from military to civilian street Support Our Paras has been there for him.
For those who would like to donate towards Michael’s boxing challenge fund they can visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Michael-Lewis52
Boxing Match – Saturday 14th September. For tickets please email Michael Lewis: firstname.lastname@example.org
In August 2019, two Officers from 2 PARA completed an endurance triathlon over three days to raise money for Support Our Paras. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/pegasuscrossing
Jamie and Matt, both Captains, wanted to recognise the 75th Anniversary of the Normandy landings and raise money for their regimental charity in doing so.
The event involved:
- 21-mile relay swim across the English Channel.
- 150-mile bike from Calais to Bruneval (the scene of the first airborne raid).
- 50-mile TAB from Bruneval to Pegasus Bridge (the first objective to be seized on D-Day in 1944).
The event was quite a challenge but they both reached the finish line in true PARA fashion, raising a great amount for the charity in the process. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/pegasuscrossing
3 PARA returned from Ex SWIFT RESPONSE in July where they were working alongside their French and American counterparts in Croatia. However, a small team from C Coy have chose to take the long route home and tabbed 500 miles back across Europe.
Exercise Enduring Heritage was the brainchild of OC C Coy, Maj Andrew Fox, and involved a team of guys conducting a weighted march from Arnhem to Normandy, two places that are very significant to the history of The Parachute Regiment, in order to raise money for the regimental charity, Support Our Paras. You can sponsor them here https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/enduringheritage
We are pleased to report that just after lunch on 18 July, after 20 solid days tabbing, the team crossed the finish line at Pegasus Bridge!
The guys were joined along the way by superstar DJ and ex-PARA, Danny Rampling, for 75 miles of their epic journey. Danny has been a huge supporter of the charity over the years and regularly joins us for PARAS’10. Professional MMA fighter and Police Officer, Kerry Hughes also joined the team and crossed the finish line with them on 18 July.
To catch up with the team’s journey and see the highlights of their challenge, check out Maj Fox on Twitter at https://twitter.com/maj_fox