Press Release: April 13, 2010
Wounded soldier Ben Parkinson who lost both legs in a landmine explosion in Afghanistan nearly four years ago, has decided to take part in a 131 mile super challenge in aid of Project 65 - The Veterans Charity.
Lance Bombardier Parkinson, 26, from Doncaster, will be taking part in stage 5 of the FORCES MARCH and promoting the charitys 131-mile FORCES MARCH challenge, which has been created 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 veterans and their families.
Ben, who serves in 7 Para RHA said, "I have been 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 has not 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 my team, PARKIS PLATOON and help me raise money. 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, Ben's own team that people can join and complete the 26.2 mile day five of the event. Ben has also set up his own fundraising page for people to sponsor his amazing efforts: www.justgiving.com/parkisplatoon