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Archbishop Adds His Support To Injured Paratroopers On Charity Trek

Private Callum Urquhart, Private Mark Vidler, Captain Matt Clamp, Private Patrick Burns, Sgt Allan Jackson (courtesy of Jeremy Durkin/PA)

Wednesday 18th April 2012

The Archbishop of York has given his support to 4 injured servicemen, who are doing a sponsored trek across North Africa in support of the Afghanistan Trust.

The 14 day sponsored trek, which starts on 18th April, hopes to raise £40,000 for The Parachute Regiment charity, is being undertaken by four inspirational servicemen who have all been injured in the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan.

Injured paratroopers Sergeant Jackson, Privates Vidler, Burns and Urquhart and a selection of Nissan staff whose company is helping sponsor the trip will carry out a series of specially designed challenges in the middle of the Moroccan desert. These challenges will include seeking out a safe house by cover of darkness, carrying out mine clearing exercises, GPS navigation tasks in the Navaras and a ten mile march. Two of the soldiers taking part in the 'Mission Morocco 2012' trek have lost a leg below the knee and all, despite their injuries, are still active in the Regiment.

The Archbishop of York raised over £100,000 for the Afghanistan Trust on 6th June 2008, by performing a skydive from 12,500 feet and has received a Red Beret for his own fundraising efforts for The Parachute Regiment charity.

Dr Sentamu said:

"I want to add my support to Sergeant Jackson and Privates Vidler, Burns and Urquhart ahead of their charity trek to Morocco. I will pray for them in this task they are undertaking.

"Our soldiers are the bravest and best in the world, and they have a real 'can do' attitude. When I meet injured soldiers, I am always inspired by their sense of determination and courage – no matter the obstacles that are put in front of them.

"In Yorkshire, in particular, we know the sacrifices our servicemen and women make on our behalf and I hope that people will get behind this trek as it raises funds to help injured soldiers and their families in The Parachute Regiment."

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Notes to editors:

The Afghanistan Trust, which was formed in 2007, is dedicated to helping members of the Parachute Regiment who are injured, their families and the families of those killed on operations in Afghanistan.

The aim of the charity is to provide immediate response and support for the 150 wounded soldiers in the regiment for items which the government or council do not support. In the longer term, the trust aims to set up a legacy fund for the families of those soldiers who no not return from Afghanistan or those who are unable to work due to the injuries which they have sustained while in Afghanistan. 

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