All the latest News from Paracharity and our Fundraisers
eBay Charity Auction of ‘Matt’ cartoon nets £625
The original hand-drawn cartoon signed by ‘Matt’, from The Daily Telegraph was auctioned online and achieved a cracking price.
The cartoon originally accompanied the announcement on March 5th that 7 Armoured Bde (Desert Rats) would lose their tanks in spending cuts.
Many thanks to Matt for donating the artwork, to the winning bidder for his generosity, and to the unlucky underbidders for making the auction go with a swing.
Some cunning tactics and late ‘sniping’ brought the winner his prize. It will not surprise you to know he has a Regimental background!
A Concert of Remembrance with The Band of The Parachute Regiment
The Band of the Parachute Regiment played a special Concert of Remembrance on 11 November 2013 at 7.30pm at St Botolph’s Church, Colchester in aid of The Parachute Regiment Charity.
This featured two World Premieres for Colchester: an Arnhem Lament composed and played by bagpiper John Haynes and a new march by Director of Music Capt Evin Frost.
We hope that it will lead to further concerts in 2014, a key anniversary year for The Parachute Regiment.
Well August has been and gone and along with it the holidays. However not everyone has been sunning themselves in the glorious weather we have been lucky enough to experience this year, but have been out training for the Autumn challenges.
Dave Newton stepped in for an injured friend to take part in a 200ft bungee jump on 6th September. Although having no link to the Paras he honoured his friend’s choice of charity and fundraised for Paracharity. Thanks Dave and well done! http://www.justgiving.com/Dave-Newton2
George Kirkham and Tim Wright haven’t been slacking over the summer either.
George challenged himself with the English Half Marathon in Warrington on the 8th September. George mainly gathered sponsorship locally through a sponsorship form. Did you know you can download sponsorship forms here on the website and use them in conjunction with your online fundraising pages? http://www.justgiving.com/george-kirkham
Tim ran the New Forest Marathon on the 22nd September. Getting in the miles in the recent heat must have been a challenge so well done Tim. Tim finished an amazing 44th overall and raised £300. http://www.justgiving.com/Tim-Wright14 Tim’s employers have matched his fundraising total so a huge Thank You to Tim for all his efforts
Paras’10 Catterick 8th September 2013
8th September saw the return to Catterick for the Paras’10 and the final ‘Treble of Pain’ event. The weather was surprisingly good despite the forecast although it did make the course a little warmer than some had hoped for. The hills proved as challenging as ever but everyone finished with a smiling face despite the obvious limps displayed by some. We saw some fantastic achievements with runners aged between 16 years and 1 week and 76 years old and our first sub 1:50 female tabber.
We had a number of items left behind including a watch and a Blackberry. If these are yours please email email@example.com to organise getting your belongings back to you. These still have not be claimed (October) so please contact us if these belong to you.
Please don’t forget to get your sponsorship forms in and round up those promises of donations. Its never too late to send them to us! Don’t forget that by doing any Paras’10 you have achieved something very special. Make sure everyone else knows that too! Our top fundraiser wins a LandRover Experience day for 2 so its worth approaching everyone you can! You can always raise funds retrospectively too.
Jonathan Fletcher and husky x Otto continue to push themselves to the limits and to raise much needed funds for various military charities as well as Paracharity. With events throughout the year they never seem to stop, unless injury forces them to as it has done recently. To read more please visit Jon and Airborne Otto’s seperate page.
On the 2nd August Lee Fialkowski, a member of ‘B’ Company 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, completed the 100 mile Grim Reaper Ultra marathon. This is not the first time that Lee has run the Grim Reaper. He ran the 70 mile Grim Reaper in 2009 with a time of 18 hours and 5 minutes. This year he has set himself the target of the same time but over 100 miles. However Lee finished the 100 miles in 23 hours, 5 minutes and 16 seconds which with the hot weather was some achievement! He also finished in 5th overall. A result to be truely proud of Lee! Well Done! If you’d like to support Lee please donate via his JustGiving page: http://www.justgiving.com/lee-fialkowski6
On the 4th August one of Paracharity’s multi-event fundraisers Neil Anderson was in action again. This time he tabbed the York 10K. Neil has already tabbed the Silverstone Half Marathon, The Half Marathon of the North, the Manchester 10K, Paras’10 Aldershot, Paras’10 Colchester as well as doing a skydive and the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. Neil has also been interviewed on BFBS by Charlene Guy. In September alone he has done two further half marathons and completed the ‘Treble of Pain’ at Paras’10 Catterick! He’s also signed up for the Fan Dance in January! Thank you Neil for your amazing efforts! If you would like to support Neil please go to his JustGiving page: http://www.justgiving.com/Neil-Anderson11
We at The Parachute Regiment Charity are very lucky to have such extraordinary fundraisers supporting us. Not only do we have people jumping out of planes for us, running the Paras’10 and the British 10K London Run but people organise their own events too. For instance Adrian Pattison, Courtney Turner-Hall, Chloe Alsop, Daniel Wilson, Jason Eden, Jay Hall, Kyle Campbell, Lisa Turner, Mark Barnett, Todd Phillips & Tom Twigger, with David & Matthew Freeman for backup cycled 100 miles over 12th and 13th July fundraising for Paracharity! Thanks guys, it sounds like it was a tough one!
Other people join other events and fundraise for us that way. Simon Cainey and Paul ‘Haribo’ Hamilton ran The Fan Dance on 20th July. The Fan Dance is a gruelling 24km non-navigational race over two sides of Pen Y Fan, the highest mountain in the Brecon Beacons. This infamous route has long been a part of SAS (Special Air Service) and SBS (Special Boat Service) Selection and is considered the yardstick of a candidate’s potential to perform well on Test Week and ultimately pass the Special Forces Selection programme. An extremely tough challenge at the best of times but in this heat wave truely epic!
15 runners faced the early morning heat on Sunday 14th July and joined 15,684 other runners to run 10k through the streets of London. With temperatures rapidly rising and runners having to be pulled from the course by the emergency services it was a tougher event than most people thought it would be. All of our runners made it including multi-eventors Sam Hinton, Des Connors and Dean Woodcock-Davis who all Tabbed the 10K with 35lb. Our three under 18 runners Ethan Lam, Ben Hymus and Jack Horgan also all made it home with very good times. All of our runners have raised money for The Parachute Regiment Charity and the total stands at £2923.51
Thanks guys! Awesome effort!
Paras’10 Colchester 6th July 2013
The Paras’10 Colchester was held on a sweltering Saturday amidst the bustle and fun of the 16 Air Assault and Colchester Garrison Show. Whilst their families enjoyed the spectacles of the show the Runners and Tabbers slogged it out over the 10 mile course battling not only the heat but also water crossings, stiles and uneven trails. Despite the hardship everyone enjoyed themselves and were very proud and deservedly so, of their medals and Finisher’s T-shirts. We hope to see some of them in Catterick in September. What’s stopping you?
Prize winners were:
1st Men Run – Simon Dunk
1st Men Tab – Thomas Kaye
1st Veteran (50+) Men Run – Martyn Clarke
1st Veteran (50+) Men Tab – Graham Shaw
1st Junior Run – James Bateman Memorial Trophy – Cameron Hutton
1st Junior Tab – Conrad Lewis Memorial Trophy – Lee Morfey
1st Ladies Run – Catherine Johnson
1st Ladies Tab – Deborah Lynch
1st Veteran (40+) Ladies Run – Catherine Johnson
1st Veteran (40+) Ladies Tab – Deborah Lynch
1st Cani-Cross Men – David Southern and Boogie (Border Collie)
1st Cani-Cross Ladies – Tracy Bailey and Saffy (English Springer Spaniel)
Event photos can be found here: http://www.myeventphoto.co.uk/event/6779/paras-10-colchester-2013.html
Results are available at: http://www.paras10.com/results.php
Congratulations! and a massive Well Done! to everyone who completed the Paras’10!
Thank You! for those who ran for Paracharity!
World Record Marathon TAB success
Ex-Para officer Mike Ellicock won a Guinness World Record with 40lbs on his back in the London Marathon on April 21st.
His time of 3:25:21 eclipsed those set by a Royal Marine at London in 2011 and a Japanese tabber in Tokyo at 3:42 in February this year.
Mike was wounded on Op Barras, Sierre Leone, in 2000. Read his full story HERE
Mike ran for Paracharity and has raised over £25k. You can still show your appreciation of Mike’s outstanding effort.
Team True Spirit supports our Paras
Para Dad World Record for Charity
This is Martin Chester, just after he finished a Cross Trainer Marathon in 1:48:39 which should be certified as a new World Record.
Martin has a son serving in 2PARA – spot the Paracharity T-shirt – and says ‘sore feet and legs but back in work today.’ All 5 days befiore Christmas too!
You can still sponsor him online – surely such an effort deserves your support http://www.justgiving.com/
Thanks, Martin- now put your feet up!
Miss England supports Para Charity
Alize Mounter, Miss England 2011, and Miss World Europe who was just pipped to the Miss World title, skydived with the Red Devils to support the Charity.
Alize, 22, said ”I have many family members in the armed forces and feel that this charity is personal to me because we should all support and honour our men that fight for our country and risks their lives.”
Read more and see more photos and video.
Arnhem Commem Mugs
A supporter is selling these specially designed mugs through his EBay store. Another version shows Parachute Regiment uniforms through the years since 1940.
For each mug sold, a donation is made to the Charity.
Purchase online here