Help for Heroes supported Paralympic athlete, Jon-Allan Butterworth, will be taking part in Channel 4’s, The Jump, when it airs in 2015.
Louise Watson, Sports Recovery Manager at Help for Heroes said: “It's great to see Jon-Allan pushing his limits and giving something new a go. From joining the early Help for Heroes bike ride back in 2008, trying out skiing to winning three silver medals at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Jon-Allan demonstrates that there is definitely life beyond injury. Since 2008, Help for Heroes has supported veterans to give something new a go and we’d encourage anyone else in the same position to get in touch”.
Also limbering up to take The Jump Cowbell Trophy from series one champion Joe McElderry, are eight brave men and eight gutsy women who all have their eyes on the prize and are determined to land the perfect live ski jump.
The all-star male line-up competing in the eight extreme sporting events includes ex-England Rugby captain Mike Tindall, Jack Ass star Steve-O, JLS singer JB Gill, Paralympian Jon-Allan Butterworth, dancer Louie Spence, Gogglebox star Dom Parker, TV & radio presenter and former England cricketer Phil Tufnell and TV personality Joey Essex.
The famous ladies hitting the slopes will be philanthropist Heather Mills, wife of the Speaker of the House of Commons Sally Bercow, ex-Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts, pop star Stacey Solomon, ballroom dancer Ola Jordan, socialite Lady Victoria Hervey, Heptathlete Louise Hazel and Made In Chelsea star Louise Thompson.
The sixteen celebrities have all begun their gruelling training and this series will kick off with the Jump In. The competitors will go head-to-head in the Skeleton, reaching speeds of up to 60mph, with the fastest men and women qualifying directly for the show. The slowest celebrities will have to take on a live ski jump to secure their place, with those who jump the shortest distances joining The Subs Bench.
The contenders will be perfecting their Ski Jump under the watchful eye of legendary Winter Olympian Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards. They will also be put through their paces by a team of top coaches including Winter Olympic skier Graham Bell, Winter Olympic Skeleton gold medallist Amy Williams and snowboarder Jenny Jones, the first Brit to win a Winter Olympic medal in a slope event, winning bronze in Slopestyle at the 2014 Sochi games.
The Jump will be presented by Davina McCall and will air on Channel 4 in early 2015. The full line up of events will be revealed in January but will include some exciting new additions alongside favourites from the first series Bobsleigh, Slalom and the event that saw Sir Steve Redgrave and Marcus Brigstocke crash out of the competition in style, Ski Cross.
Help for Heroes offers over 300 different sporting opportunities to over 2,000 individuals. Anyone military wounded, injured or sick who wants to find out more about what’s on offer can contact the Help for Heroes Sports Recovery team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org