Wounded soldier Ben Parkinson who lost both legs in a landmine explosion in Afghanistan three years ago, has decided to take part in a 131 mile super challenge in aid of a military charity, Project 65.
Lance Bombardier Parkinson, 25, from Doncaster, will be taking part in stage 5 of THE FORCES MARCH, which has been created by the charity to unite civilians with personnel from the military and emergency services to raise vital funds for the care and support of wounded UK armed forces heroes.
Ben, who serves with 7 Para RHA said I have been so determined to walk again and now I am learning to do that I want to do something to help other wounded soldiers and show them that it can be done. My injuries were very severe but it hasnt held me back and I now want to do everything I can to raise money to help others. I am very proud to be a Patron of PROJECT 65 and THE FORCES MARCH is a great opportunity for wounded soldiers like me to have something to aim for in our recovery. I am going to walk as far as I can and I hope lots of people will join me. If I can do it, anyone can.
There is already such overwhelming interest from people who want to join Ben on the FORCES MARCH that PROJECT 65 has set up PARKIS PLATOON, Bens own team that people can join and complete the 25 mile fifth stage of the event.
Ben has also set up his own fundraising page for people to sponsor his amazing efforts: www.justgiving.com/parkisplatoon
FORCES MARCH is a multi-marathon challenge staged over five consecutive days starting in Ilfracombe, North Devon on Thursday 27th May and will finish in Bulford, Wiltshire on Monday 31st May. Teams and individuals are invited to enter the annual event and either walk or run and raise money for PROJECT 65. Entry details and additional information can be found at www.forcesmarch.org.uk
Over 150 people have already signed up for the event including over 70 current and ex-military personnel.
Project 65 aims to raise £1,000,000 by the end of 2010. The money raised will go to organisations which provide the vital care and support of wounded military personnel and forces families.