Parachuters are set to drop into Scarborough’s South Bay on Thursday as part of a charity break for bereaved military families.
The Ravens Parachute Regiment Reserves display team is expected to make the jump at around 4.30pm to mark the end of the Families’ Activity Breaks (FAB), run by the charity of the same name.
The families have been enjoying a few days in the area doing outdoor activities and the arrival of The Ravens will be the highlight of the trip.
Project director Lieutenant Colonel Belinda Forsythe said: “We have had a fantastic time in Scarborough and everyone has been great. When The Ravens drop in for the children today we would like to invite the people of Scarborough as a thank you for the warm welcome they have extended to the families in the most trying of times.
“FAB is a unique opportunity for bereaved military families to come together and support one another as they take the long journey back into normal life after their bereavement. The FAB week is a starting point for many. It gives them the confidence to rebuild their lives.”
Also on the beach will be an inflatable assault course and a small paintball range.
The FAB trip is being directly supported by Heroes Welcome in Scarborough, with each family receiving a free resort hosting pack, provided by members of the South and North Bay Traders Associations. Each pack includes vouchers for lunch, ice creams, sticks of rock, and various vouchers and free admissions to attractions in the town.
John Senior, national co-ordinator for Heroes Welcome, said: “The FAB volunteers do a tremendous job bringing a little light and respite into the lives of bereaved military families and we’re happy to help in anyway.”
Complimentary tickets for the group to attend the Katherine Jenkins Last Night Of the Proms concert at the Open Air Theatre tomorrow have also been provided by Escape2 Events Management.
Director Richard Dean said: “We are proud to be associated with FAB. The work they do is truly amazing.”