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Quadruple amputee Alex gets support from injured soldiers

Double amputee Jim Wilson meets quadruple amputee Alex Lewis

Soldiers who lost limbs in Afghanistan have pledged their support for a man who had both legs and arms amputated after a devastating infection. Alex Lewis from Stockbridge says there's little help for civilian amputees who want to get fit and their help will make a huge difference to his life.

The Pilgrim Bandits charity, based in the New Forest, was set up to help wounded soldiers live life to the full by pushing them into tough physical challenges. And just over a year after he lost all four limbs and part of his face, Alex has been invited to go sky diving.

The soldiers say they can also offer valuable advice about the best prosthetics. The high tech artificial limbs Alex wants are not available on the NHS and over his lifetime will cost around a million pounds. He has launched a trust to raise the money.Kerry Swain has this report.

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Lord Paddy Ashdown launches daring mission honouring WWII's Cockleshell Heroes

Former Royal Marine and ex leader of the Lib Dems Lord Paddy Ashdown has officially launched a daring expedition by injured war heroes.

Members of the Pilgrim Bandits charity, many of them amputees, plan to recreate the famous World War Two mission Operation Frankton which was made famous in the film Cockleshell Heroes.

Also at the launch in London was the great niece of one of the original Cockleshell Heroes. Kerry Swain was there.


Calling all skydivers! Help wanted

L/Bdr Ben Parkinson MBE holds the Olympic torch during the 2012 record attempt at Netheravon, Wilts. Credit: Pilgrim Bandits

A Hampshire based charity has put out a call to find daredevil volunteers willing to skydive on June 8th at Netheravon in Wiltshire.

Following the success of The Pilgrim Bandits previous jump last year, when a total of 205 chutes filled the skies, the charity is aiming to smash their own unofficial world record.

A Guinness World Records adjudicator has also been invited.

The Pilgrim Bandits were formed by ex-special forces personnel with the aim of providing hope and motivation through expeditions and physical challenges for wounded men and women for all the services.

Wounded amputee servicemen, both serving and veteran include Rifleman Paul Jacobs, who lost his sight in Afghanistan and the Charity’s ambassador patron Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson MBE.

He said: “I’d like to urge anyone who thinks they might like to have a go to sign up – it’s a great day out and all the monies raised go to this great charities work.”

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Wounded soldiers recreate daring WWII expedition

It was one of the most daring and important undercover operations of the Second World War - a mission in Nazi-occupied Norway to sabotage Hitler's efforts to build a nuclear bomb.

The raid inspired the 1965 film The Heroes of Telemark and now the expedition has just been recreated by two soldiers seriously injured in Afghanistan. Kerry Swain reports.


Mike Witt - Pilgrim Bandits

Sapper Jim Wilson - Royal Engineers

Matt Bennett - Pilgrim Bandits

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