Allianz Park

Saracens Bucket Collection

SaracensOur thanks go to Alex  Macintyre at Saracens for organising for SUPPORT OUR PARAS to bucket collect at the Saracens Home Ground, Alliance Park on Sunday 8th February 2015.

Dom Hill, the Regimental Welfare Officer, along with his two daughters Annabel, Emily, friends Chloe Howard, George Roberts, Tel Reeves, Colin and Sandie Smith turned out to help us.

We were also pleased that Pete Gospel & Warren Learmouth from the Eltham & Chislehurst branch of the PRA turned out to give their support.

Colin and Sandie tried their best but don’t think they made much difference to the total since Annabel and Emily were the stars of the day, coming up with a rap about Saracens and SUPPORT OUR PARAS, which the Saracens supporters appreciated and added to our collection.  Pete and Warren are seasoned bucket collectors and worked tirelessly to raise as much as possible.

Our total for the day was £1,340.  A big thank you goes to all who took part and to Saracens for giving us the opportunity to collect at their home game.

Lord Leycester Hospital

353 Annual Fundraising Dinner

353 Annual BallOn Saturday 7th February 2015, 353 held their annual ball in the magnificent setting of the Lord Leycester  Hospital, Warwick which dates back to 1400.

Tony and Sandi Lewis started the 353 Charity after losing their son Conrad in Afghanistan on the 11th Feb 2011.  There are 3 charities that benefit from their hard work and dedication, one being the SUPPORT OUR PARAS Charity.

The evening was well attended and a great time was had by all. Tony presented our Ops director Colin Smith MBE with a cheque for £20,353 which was gratefully received.

Tony and Sandi work tirelessly throughout the year raising funds by many means to support all three charities.  Tony and Sandi Lewis are very busy individuals but always make time to support our Regiment.

A BIG thank you to both for all you have done over many years.

Commando Speed March

Commando Speed March 2016

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 carrying 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.

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 in this event.

The event is usually held in March each year.  For more information, visit

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



Keep Calm and SkydiveOn 6 June 1944, Parachute Regiment soldiers dropped into France to support the Normandy landings to liberate Europe from the Nazis, defending the eastern flank of the invasion from German reinforcements, and attacking the Merville battery whose guns were trained on the beaches.

That was now 71 years ago. Many of the brave heroes who had waited for the 70th anniversary in 2014 have died since those commemorations. Their successors are still at the spearhead of the British Armed Forces. All do their job uncomplainingly but there is always a human cost.

To honour them and all those who fought in 1944 we want to get at least 30 people on a tandem freefall skydive at Hibaldstow, Lincolnshire to raise charity funds for SUPPORT OUR PARAS.

We offer a special charity jump rate of £190 for this event and you must in addition raise a separate amount of £200 or more – the sky’s the limit – for SUPPORT OUR PARAS.

The jump will take place on Saturday 6th June 2015- D-Day itself.

This is your chance to be part of a fantastic celebration and raise funds for a great cause.

For more information, or to book, please visit Skydive Hibaldstow’s website.

Cash Converters donates £6,000 to SUPPORT OUR PARAS

Sponsors of the darts 2014 Players Championship, Cash Converters, has donated £6,000 to help support wounded soldiers after striking a deal with Master of Ceremonies, John McDonald.

On 23rd January, Operations Director at SUPPORT OUR PARAS, Colin Smith MBE and wounded soldier, Thomas Neathway, were presented with the £6,000 donation by John Walker MD, owner of a group of Cash Converters stores and operations director Mick Jones, at the Cash Converters store in Worcester.  Professional darts player, Terry Jenkins, was also at the store on Pump Street where customers watched his skills in action and Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Alan Amos, joined to support the occasion.

The 2014 Players Championship Finals, sponsored by second hand-retailer Cash Converters, was the seventh edition of the PDC darts tournament. The tournament, which took place in Minehead, saw the top 32 players from PDC Pro Tour Order of Merit take part. Gary Anderson was crowned the title with an 11-6 win against Adrian Lewis.

Cash Converters agreed with former paratrooper and leading darts announcer, John McDonald that they would donate £100 to SUPPORT OUR PARAS, his favoured charity, for every finish in the tournament that scored checkouts of 100 or more.

Richard Livesey, marketing director at Cash Converters said: “This latest PDC event saw a record number of outstandingly high scores which totaled 60 ton-plus finishes. This is not only great news for the champion darts players but also for SUPPORT OUR PARAS because we donated a total of £6,000 as a result.”

SUPPORT OUR PARAS helps to support soldiers and the families of those that served with The Parachute Regiment in Afghanistan and other conflicts who have been wounded or killed as a result.

Colin Smith MBE, said: “I want to thank Cash Converters for supporting our Paras in such a unique way. To agree to donate £100 for each time a darts player scored a 100+ checkout, not knowing how many players would achieve this, was brave and very generous. It is with such support that we as a charity are able to provide for our wounded paratroopers and their families and more importantly those who have lost their loved ones while serving on operations.

“The £6,000 they have donated is very much appreciated by myself, our charity and all of our soldiers who will benefit from this donation. The need to support our soldiers and families will continue for many years to come.”

PDC World Number 15, Terry “The Bull” Jenkins, said: “I’m delighted to handover such a huge sum of money to SUPPORT OUR PARAS on behalf of Cash Converters. I always enjoy giving my support to charity initiatives where I can. SUPPORT OUR PARAS is a fantastic charity with a strong association with the PDC. Knowing Cash Converters would donate £100 for each 100 plus checkout gave us all added motivation to do well. I’m already looking forward to next year’s Cash Converters Players Championship tournament.”

The Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces Charity