Real Life Superhero

20th November 2012

As part of our last terms topic Year 2 have managed to organise a visit by their real life Superhero 'Ben Parkinson' to Hatfield Woodhouse. The children on hearing about the fundraising events that Ben particpates in, they decided to support him by raising money for his chosen charity.  The whole school joined together in raising funds to support the 'Pilgrim Bandits charity'. A charity that Ben supports.

Ben was delighted by the news and has taken time out of his busy schedule to visit 'Hatfield Woodhouse Primary' on Friday 23rd Novemeber 2012 and Ben will be speaking to us about his recent achievements. Year 2 have the special priviledge of having a brief question and answer session with their real life superhero 'Ben Parkinson'. Ben will be addressing the rest of the school during our assembly where he would be awarded a cheque for his chosen charity.

Ben has recently completed a new Guinness World Record was finally set at 201 tandem skydives in the day.  

 War hero and double amputee Ben Parkinson helped to set a new Guinness World record on Friday 21 September 2012 while skydiving with his Olympic Torch.

Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson, the worst injured soldier to survive in Afghanistan, was part of a record attempt to perform the highest number of Tandem Skydives in one day.  Organised by the Pilgrim Bandits charity, in conjunction with the Army Parachute Association, Ben helped beat the record by jumping twice at Netheravon dropzone in Wiltshire on.  

Demolishing  the previous record of 161, Ben teamed up with Jump4Heroes, The Royal British Legion Extreme Human Flight Team, to perform the 200th jump.  He was strapped to Jump4Heroes Team Leader Major Alastair Macartney, who also made his 7,000th jump on the same skydive.  They freefalled from 15,000 feet with team member Warrant Officer Spencer Hogg diving out with the Olympic Torch that Ben carried earlier this year.  Warrant Officer Hogg then passed the torch to Ben in freefall as the new World Record was set.

After landing Ben Parkinson said, "It was amazing to be part of this new World Record and to support Pilgrim Bandits charity.  Skydiving is awesome and I challenge everyone out there to give it a go!".

Warrant Officer Spencer Hogg added: "It was an amazing honour to skydive with Ben's Olympic Torch and hand it to him in freefall while my team mate Major Alastair Macartney controlled the skydive as the tandem instructor.  Ben performed flawlessly and is a real natural in the air".