The Friends of The PWRR
The Friends of the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment has been set up to help raise money for the Benevolent Fund, enabling the PWRR to provide on-going support for our soldiers and their families.
In 2015, our biggest fund raising effort will be the Tigers Ride To Recovery. This September, 12 men will cycle 3000 miles across America in 14 days in one of the world’s toughest endurance events. Amongst the Ride To Recovery team will be Sgt Jay Baldwin who in 2012 lost both his legs in a Taliban IED.
Since the explosion Jay experienced constant pain whilst using his prosthetics and was largely reliant on a wheelchair. However in early 2015 we identified a pioneering new procedure – Osseointegration – which creates a structural linkage at the contact point between human bone and the surface of a titanium-based implant.
It is revolutionary in the field of thigh prostheses.
Thanks to the sustained fundraising efforts of The Friends of The PWRR, we were able to send Jay for this operation, making him the 3rd Britain ever to have had the procedure. Since then Jay has had increased mobility, is able to walk pain free and has been able to integrate fully with family life. He has also committed to the training that will help him cover up to 300 miles a day with the rest of the Ride To Recovery team, replenish the funds that were used for his operation and allow others in the Regiment to have access to this level of care and support.
The Friends of the PWRR works hard to raise funds throughout the year ensuring that members of our Regiment and their families have access to support and advice to guide them through difficult times.
Over the last 10 years The Army Tigers have seen continuous action in Iraq, the Balkans and Afghanistan and have been in every theatre of war since the Second World War. We are one of the most decorated regiments for gallantry in the British Army which includes 57 Victoria Crosses. We have among our number one of only two serving recipients of the Victoria Cross – Sgt Johnson Beharry – as well as a many others who have won gallantry awards such as the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross and the Military Cross.
Over time, the high tempo of operations and the sheer scale of the fighting involved takes its toll. We have lost a number of our own and have amongst our number those who have been injured on the frontline or who are displaying signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This is the biggest mental health issue faced by UK veterans.
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