Beneficiary Glenn Parker hiking Everest to support other Heroes

Monday 27 March 2017

Glenn Parker served with the 3rd Battalion Parachute Regiment, before a severe assault sadly ended his military career. He is now a Senior Personal Trainer at Ultimate Performance in Mayfair.

"As an 18 year old, I graduated from the Army Foundation College in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, then progressed to join the 3rd Battalion Parachute Regiment with active service from 1999-2003. While serving, I was involved in a severe assault, which left me in army medical care for the next year. I went on to make an almost full physical recovery, but was left with significant epileptic seizures as a result of my injuries, and to my great sadness, I could no longer serve in the Armed Forces.

"During my time in various UK military hospitals, I received the most outstanding medical care possible anywhere in the world. My rehabilitation defined in me the belief that I could go on, despite medical opinion, and still lead a full, active, fit, healthy and strong life, be it away from the Army. I am proud of the career I have carved out for myself as a Senior Personal Trainer since I left the Army, but I know that's where it all started for me, and I am who I am today, in the most part, because of what I learned there.

"It is now my great privilege to be able to give back to those who find themselves in the same situation I was more than 15 years ago – with life-changing injuries, and having to find a life away from the Forces.

"I became a Band of Brother after contacting Help for Heroes saying that I would like to give something back. I am very humbled to have spoken at one of the Pathfinder courses in Plymouth last year.

"I want to continue supporting these great men and woman from the Armed Forces, so my partner Jessica and I decided that we will challenge ourselves to trek to Everest Base Camp in November in aid of Help for Heroes."

Find out more about Glenn and Jessica’s challenge and donate to his JustGiving page.

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