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Tuesday 17th May 2016. London, UK   Pilgrim Bandits Charity, the specialist military charity based in The New Forest, Hampshire is unveiling plans to bring other charities in the sector together in a bid to reach as many injured personnel from both the armed forces and the UK’s emergency services as possible.

The first project for the new coalition sees Pilgrim Bandits partnered with Camps International to provide opportunities for injured personnel including veterans, to utilise their experience, training and expertise in supporting the running of Camps International’s school expedition and volunteer programmes throughout the world.

The project, which will be funded jointly by Pilgrim Bandits and Camps International, will be launched on Tuesday 17th May 2016 in London to invited representatives of specialist military charities like; BLEMSA, Rock 2 Recover, SSAFFA, Not Forgotten Association, along with Royal British Legion and Veterans UK.  Five amputee soldiers who are keen to take part in the first trip will also be attending.

Mike Witt, CEO for Pilgrim Bandits Charity. “When we first approached Camps International, it was clear the fit was perfect – we have highly experienced individuals and they have the projects on the ground.   Between all the charities we have access to hundreds of men and women that would like to take part in something like this.  It’s a fantastic way to prove that injured veterans are very useful to society and will also give confidence back post injury.  In return both the young people and the communities we work with can expect to be both inspired and learn from the military experience.  Our challenge is to get the message to as many wounded as possible including those that don’t think they are ready – that’s where working together with other like-minded organisations is key.”

Each year, Camps International host thousands of school and gap year students within their permanent camp locations throughout South America, South East Asia and East Africa. Students contribute to ongoing project initiatives which focus on empowering communities, building schools, protecting wildlife and re-foresting biodiversity hotspots.  Those selected will work alongside the existing in-country Operations team, supporting all aspects of running programmes from daily logistics to crisis management.

Injured or anyone interested in learning more should watch the website for further details or email admin@pilgrimbandits.org

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