Afghanistan veteran with medals and child
9 April 2013

Rifles Sergeant says thank you with a big jump

George Pas has showed his gratitude to SSAFA in Somerset with a skydive challenge.

George Pas has showed his gratitude to SSAFA in Somerset with a skydive challenge.

Since Sergeant George Pas was nearly killed in a motorcycle crash in 2011, SSAFA have been there for his family. And to say thank you George has taken on a high altitude challenge.

George, 37, of Sixth Battalion the Rifles with the Territorial Army, was paralysed from the chest down in the collision and is now permanently wheelchair dependent. George and his wife Emma and their children, recently moved into a specialist bungalow in Chard, Somerset to make George’s everyday life easier, but the family were struggle to meet the costs of everything he needs.

The local team of SSAFA volunteers in Somerset have given George and his family invaluable support, from helping with daily living needs and adaptations to the house. Volunteers like Gary Pennells, a caseworker in South Somerset, who has worked tirelessly to get funding and support.
It’s been hard for George to come to terms with life after his accent. He served in the TA for more than a decade, spending time around the world in Afghanistan, Ukraine, America and Cyprus. He said: “I was supposed to be going back to Afghanistan before this, but I can’t now because wheelchairs struggle in the sand”.

None of this has stopped intrepid George from pushing himself to the limit. In October last year George, and his brother in law Tom, took a big jump with a skydive to raise money for SSAFA. George relished every minute of the jump. “We fell from the plane, the noise, the buzz, the view, the almost impossible task of breathing while falling at 120mph. The single most incredible thing I have ever done”.

George raised £3,500 from his skydive and is already planning future events to show his support to his local SSAFA team.