Ben Parkinson MBE (born 31 March 1984 is a former British Paratrooper and veterans’ campaigner and author. He is the most severely wounded soldier to survive the war in Afghanistan after in 2006, following an attack on his convoy, both his legs were amputated. Ben also suffered a broken back and suffered lasting brain damage when the Land Rover he was travelling in struck a landmine. Ben defied his doctors’ expectations by learning to walk and talk again and regularly raises money for veterans’ charities. His case forced the Ministry of Defence to significantly increase compensation pay-outs to wounded British soldiers.
As Ben celebrates is 39th Birthday on 31st March – our “Thank You to Ben” Fundraiser , is a small token of appreciation for all his fantastic fund raising efforts to the Armed Forces Community, and to give just a little bit back to this inspirational man and make one of his all time dreams come true and get him flying in the iconic Spitfire.
Supported by Sam Worthington-Lees and the Hawker Typhoon Charity, we will be undertaking a 12 hour Peloton Challenge to raise the funds required to put Ben in the air early April 2023. (This, coincidently, is the week of Ben’s birthday).