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  • Lesley Stewart selected for Tokyo Paralympic Games

    Lesley Stewart
    15 July 2021

    Lesley has lived much of the last 20 years in extreme pain. How on earth then, has she found the ability to stand at the cusp of competing for a medal in Target Shooting at this year’s Tokyo Paralympics? After joining the Army in 2000, and whilst enjoying her time in the Royal Military Police, Lesley’s life changed forever on an annual combat fitness test. “I pulled a muscle in my back during the eight-mile run in March 2004. It ached straight away, but within a week I was getting severe pain in my left ankle. My foot began twisting and pointing to the right. None of the med

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  • Adrenaline Junkies Zip wire out of Lockdown

    Zip Wire
    11 July 2021

    Three Members launched themselves back into action after lockdown on the world’s fastest zip wire. The event, organised by Outreach Officer for West Jas Suller as soon as restrictions werelifted, gave Members Grant Jenkins, Keith Walker and Stuart Osmundsen the chance to try the experiences at Zip World in Aberdare, South Wales. The zip lines can hit speeds of 80mph as adventurers hurtle from a tower across a former colliery in the Rhigos mountain range. “It was great,” said Grant, who served 10 years with the Royal Artillery but suffered a car a

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  • The 660 Tour of Britain have completed their epic challenge!

    660 Tour
    8 July 2021

    A Group of six serving personnel from 660 Signal Troop have set themselves a target of cycling 1,236 miles around Britain to raise funds for Blesma and the Royal Signals charity. The team  hit the road on 28 June and have succeeded in completing their mission in just 11 days! “I took up cycling last year as an escape during the first lockdown, and I got the bug,” said Staff Sergeant Jon Wilkinson, who has served with the regiment for 18 years. Jon was interviewed by BFBS Radio on Instagram live, and

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  • Veteran with spinal cord injury first to receive Jaco arm

    Jon Nobel - Jaco Arm
    5 July 2021

    A former Paratrooper, who was paralysed in an accident, has told how he can feed himself for the first time in 17 years after being given a robotic arm. Military veteran Jon Noble is only the second person in the UK to own a JACO assistive robotic arm, which is mounted on a power wheelchair, thanks to funding from military charities Support Our Paras, Blesma The Limbless Veterans, Help for Heroes, Royal British Legion and ABF The Soldiers Charity and case working and liaison support from SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity. The 38-year-old, from Hampshire who was badly injured i

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