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The Pilgrim Bandits Charity was formed in 2007 and registered as a charity in 2010, with the sole aim to help and inspire injured HM Forces and Emergency Service personnel to live life to the full. It is a registered charity in England and Wales and its charity number is 1136166.
The Pilgrim Bandits motto is ‘Always a Little Further’ and is core to the charity’s attitude. Be it working with injured men and women from the Military or Emergency Services directly or by utilising their experiences to inspire and encourage young people and children. Pilgrim Bandits don’t do sympathy but offer the rewards of belonging to a team – encouragement, belief and the power of humour over pain.
The Pilgrim Bandits charity‘s primary aim is to help those in need directly, with no compromise. Soon, those who needed help, fast become those that give it. By pushing injured men and women into physically and mentally demanding situations that they would have otherwise dreamed impossible. Through kayaking extraordinary distances, jumping from aircraft, running races and trekking across inhospitable terrain – self-confidence is restored and self-belief instilled.
Kayaking trip up the Gironde river in France, recreating the 2nd World War “Cockershell Heroes” operation.
2853 kms across both islands of New Zealand on specially adapted tandems.
Ops Orange River
300 mile kayak trip down the Orange River in the Richtersveld desert, South Africa.
“Always a Little Further”. Pilgrim Bandits pushes those that have already endured so much to go beyond endurance – to embrace life again and in so doing inspire others.
Amongst Pilgrim Bandits patrons is Ben Parkinson MBE who we’re sure you’ve all come across on Facebook if not the television. Ben is one of the most seriously injured to survive the battlefield. Ben has had to overcome appalling injuries to complete many challenges and with Pilgrim Bandits has used a tandem bicycle to cycle across New Zealand to living in snow holes and dog-sledging across Scandinavia. Ben became the first double amputee to cross the Hardanger Plateau in Norway. Ben credits much of his astounding recovery to the opportunities and goals given to him by the charity. In 2013 Ben was awarded the MBE for services to charities and was made a Freeman of his home town, Doncaster. Ben sees his future ensuring other injured veterans from both the military and Emergency Services benefit from the same opportunities that were given to him.