Poole youngsters visited by amputee servicemen taking part in charity challenge (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Poole youngsters visited by amputee servicemen taking part in charity challenge
CHILDREN from a school in Poole were visited by some brave amputee servicemen and veterans in a special assembly.
Year 6 pupils from Branksome Heath Junior School, on Livingstone Road, met the determined members of New Milton’s Pilgrim Bandits Charity forces team who will be kayaking 75-miles from May 31 to June 8 next year.
They are retracing Operation Franklin, which in December 1942, saw an attack on German shipping at the port of Bordeaux, France, later immortalised in the film, Cockleshell Heroes.
The students were on a trip to Rockley Park and came across the men whilst they were training.
Stuart Fox, headteacher, said: “We were asked by the Pilgrim Bandits Charity if we would like them to come into the school.
“We were shown a video of the men climbing up a mountain, canoeing. They are inspirational in how they deal with adversity.
“It shows that you do get stuck sometimes, but you find a way to deal with it and get through it.”
Members of the Pilgrim Bandit’s Charity team include double amputee Sapper Jimmy Wilson, double amputee Royal Marine Vinney Manley and ex-corporal Andy Reid, who lost both his legs and his right arm in Afghanistan.
For more information, go to Pilgrimbandits.org
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