ben’s challenge !!

Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson MBE was seriously injured in Afghanistan serving with 7 Para RHA in September 2006.  Ben is still the most severely injured soldier ever to survive. 

Ben laying a wreath on behalf of his Regiment at Pegasus Bridge, Normandy June 2009

Ben joined the Army in September 2000, after completing Basic Training at Harrogate, Ben trained as a Gun Number 3 at the Royal School of Artillery in Larkhill.  He joined his regiment, 7 Para RHA in Aldershot in December 2001, completed P Company and deployed on operational tours to Iraq, Kosovo and Afghanistan. 

On 12th September 2006, whilst on a patrol in Afghanistan, Ben was top cover when his WIMIK Land Rover detonated an anti-tank mine.  Ben sustained horrific injuries and his life was saved that day by his colleagues Sergeant Rudy Fuller, Lance Bombardier Danny Byrne and Lance Corporal Matty Oliver.

In the incident Ben suffered the loss of both of his legs, severe brain injuries and a broken spine.  Ben has undergone extensive treatment for these injuries at the Royal College of Defence Medicine, Selly Oak; The Royal Hospital for Neuro Disability, Putney and the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Headley Court. 

Ben is currently at home in Doncaster, receiving outstanding support from his Rehabilitation Team, the local people of Doncaster and his Regiment.  Ben was awarded Yorkshire man of the Year in October 2009, and carried the Olympic Torch in June 2012.  He has since been awarded the MBE.

7 Para RHA
Ben Parkinson

Ben’s has set himself a series of challenges to raise money for the Pilgrim Bandits and various military charities.  Ben has made a remarkable recovery from his injuries, far exceeding the expectations of his medical team.  Ben would like to show that anything in life is possible with the right support and his wish is that all injured soldiers are given the same level of support that he has received. 

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