July 11th 2015, Saturday, APA Netheravon, Wiltshire. Over 100 tandem skydivers, including four injured servicemen and a quadruple-civilian-amputee Alex Lewis from Stockbridge, Hants. took to the sky with fundraisers for Pilgrim Bandits Charity.
Alex is the first civilian ambassador to join the military-focused Pilgrim Bandits which provides demanding challenges for amputee service men and women and then shares motivational experiences with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
www.pilgrimbandit.org Pilgrim Bandits Charity in New Milton raises funds for extreme expeditions and pioneering medical treatment for injured members of all the armed and emergency services. The injured patrons then visit schools, care homes, young offender’s institutes and businesses to share their inspirational experiences. Most recently the charity has been funding ground-breaking hyperbaric oxygen treatment and campaigning for greater availability to all those who need it. In September 2015 five injured servicemen will be kayaking over 480 miles down the Yukon River in Canada as part of this year’s grand challenge.
Injured soldiers that jumped on Saturday included; Ben Parkinson MBE, (far right) from Doncaster, Tyler Christopher from Salisbury, (front) Hari Magar from Canterbury (left) along with Alex Lewis, a quad amputee who, because of his remarkable attitude, has been asked to join the Pilgrim Bandits as its first civilian ambassador.
Steve Beard, of Pilgrim Bandits Charity said “What an amazing day – we raised over £12,000 for the charity and seeing so many of our supporters jumping for the umpteenth time was fantastic – thank you to everyone involved for making it such a successful day.”
Also in the photo Duncan Bannatyne and girlfriend Nigora Whitehorn.
Photos courtesy of www.louiseflanaganphotography.com
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