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Injured soldiers sky dive for forces charity

Sapper Jim Wilson takes part in the sky dive

Soldiers who were terribly injured serving in Afghanistan have helped set a new world record here in the Meridian region. They took part in a mass skydive over the skies of Wiltshire to raise funds for the Pilgrim Bandits charity.

The charity which is based in the New Forest supports amputee and wounded servicemen. The six injured soldiers were joined by members of the Army Parachute Association.

They set a new record for the most tandem parachute jumps in one location in 24 hours.

Five injured soldiers took part in the jump Credit: ITV Meridian
Another soldier takes part in the sky dive above Salisbury Plain.


Funeral of Lance Corporal Matthew Smith to take place today

Lance Corporal Matthew Smith from Aldershot

The funeral will take place later today of Lance Corporal Matthew Smith from Aldershot. He was killed on 10th August while serving with the Royal Engineers in Afghanistan.

Lance Corporal Smith died as a result of enemy action and will receive full military honours.

At the time of his death his mother Caroline Smith paid tribute to him saying he was... "A loving father to four beautiful children, who will be dearly missed by his fiancée, mother, father, family and friends. Our Hero, RIP."