Friday 22nd January 2016, Guildhall London. Pilgrim Bandits Charity, based in New Milton Hampshire has won the ‘Support to the Armed Forces’ Award at this year’s National Military Awards hosted by The Sun Newspaper. The awards ceremony attended by members of the armed forces recognises bravery and military excellence. Prior to the awards the Pilgrim Bandits team was invited along with all nominees to No 10 Downing Street for a reception hosted by Samantha Cameron.
Pilgrim Bandits Charity was established by ex-special forces veterans to provide challenging expeditions to severely injured service men and women from the armed forces as well as police, fire and ambulance services. In September 2015 the Charity, the subject of a BBC2 documentary broadcast in December 2015 – ‘Yukon – A Soldiers Journey’, completed a gruelling 500-mile kayak down the Yukon River in Canada with five amputee servicemen and veterans including Ben Parkinson MBE the charity’s Patron and one of the country’s most severely injured surviving soldiers.
Steve Beard, General Manager for Pilgrim Bandits said “It’s wonderful to get recognition for the Charity and all its volunteers and fundraisers. The Sun has always been very supportive of our armed forces and I’d like to thank everyone who voted for us.”
Pilgrim Bandits Charity is the only charity to provide life changing Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment for injured military personnel. The charity also champions improvements to life-long care for the country’s injured service men and women and travels the country sharing expedition experiences to educate young people via visits to schools, colleges, prisons and care homes etc. that anything is possible. The charity’s next expedition is in Greenland later this year.