Jump For the Fallen – 183 Skydivers Set To Break World Record and Honour Fallen Soldiers.


New Forest charity Pilgrim Bandits, which supports amputee service men and women, has recruited 183 tandem skydivers to take part in a world record attempt tandem skydive event tomorrow at Netheravon, Wiltshire.  Also jumping are amputee and injured servicemen; Ben Parkinson, Jake Bartlett, Ricky Ferguson, and Paul Jacobs.


The New Forest based charity invited anyone with a brave heart to take part in the Pilgrim Bandit’s Skydive challenge being held during the Jump For The Fallen week. 


Jump For The Fallen is a week-long event hosted by the Army Parachute Association, based at Netheravon.  Over the week the aim is to have secured a sponsored-for-charity  tandem jumper for every soldier (430 to date) lost in action in Afghanistan since the start of the conflict, thereby raising valuable funds for the military charities associated with the week. 


Pilgrim Bandits provide full details and information on the event at www.pilgrimbandits.org


Pictured:  John Sandford Hart from Christchurch (right) and Lance Bdr Ben Parkinson (front) who is a double amputee and is defying medical science to talk, walk and complete extraordinary physical challenges with Pilgrim Bandits after an anti-tank mine blew up the vehicle he was travelling in Helmand Province in 2006.  Ben sustained a catalogue of  40 horrendous injuries including brain damage and loss of both legs above the knee.


Head of media for the charity Deborah Risbridger, also jumping said “We are so excited to have got 183 people to register to jump.  The money we raise will allow as to take more amputees on confidence building expeditions if we make it into the Guinness Book of World Records that will be a wonderful bonus – I’m terrified!  ”


For additional media information please contact Deborah Risbridger email. media@pilgrimbandits.org.  tel. 01425 461600  mob. 07767 784295 anytime tomorrow too.