Pilgrim Bandits raise sky high amount for charity

24-July-2015 17:15
in General
by Admin

Saturday 11th July:   One of the things we love about skydiving is that we are lucky enough to be able to help both military and civilian amputees and those with other disabilities continue or even to begin skydiving.  In recent weeks we have been privilidged to welcome Pilgrim Bandits once again to Netheravon in order to do their jumps for charity.  Over 80 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.

Pilgrim Bandits Charity 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 recently 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.

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  • “I had a truly awesome experience yesterday, in every way.  I was absolutely terrified but felt totally invincible afterwards and I even fell in love with your cameraman, Mike!  Cam was lovely too and if I decide to do it again it would have to be with him.  It was all very professional, from start to finish. They were a great bunch and I will recommend this to anyone and everyone.  I jumped for the MS Trust and secured £723 in sponsorship so far with promises of more to come.  It is great to feel alive again.”

    Claire Gillett

  • “First ever tandem skydive for worthing churches homeless project today, loved it. Special thanks to my instructor Jay and the cameraman trevor who both made me laugh a lot and really relaxed me! definately want to jump again Thanks guys for a great day!”

    Louise Kidd

  • "First charity tandem skydive done here last Saturday. Despite being extremely scared, the instructors made me feel completely at ease and in safe hands. Highly recommend anyone doing a jump, to do it here. Would definitely consider doing another skydive off the back of this experience despite my fear of heights and flying. Brilliant day and life experience. Thank you."

    Abi Harley

  • "First ever tandem skydive....amazing!!! Massive thank you to my instructor Gary u were fab!!!"

    Michelle Fortet

  • "Amazing Day, looked after from start to finish, great people, very friendly, relaxed atmosphere, Pete my tandem partner.. TOP BLOKE he was very professional and experienced. HIGHLY RECOMMEND this to anyone."

    Michael Taylor

  • "Wow first ever tandem skydive today for oakhaven. Raised over £1000, so thank you all ... with my daughter Leah lopez, amazing surreal, nothing else like it. Thank you to Gary and Jay...... Leah now wants to do more and do a single jump!! Eeek!"

    Becky Evans