Ben Parkinson MBE, double leg amputee and patron ambassador for The Pilgrim Bandits the injured servicemans charity, walked on to the pitch on Saturday 11th January 2014 on his prosthetic legs. Lance Bombardier Parkinson, possibly the most injured surviving soldier was invited by match sponsors and local company Franke Sissons, to host the match day charity collection at CFCs home match against Bury.
Franke Sissons, which is based in Chesterfield is well known for its support of local charities and sports for children from the region including Ashgate Hospice and Nenna Kind. The Company enjoys a close working relationship with the Chesterfield Club and hosted the combined customer and charity day for the benefit of the Pilgrim Bandits which provides gruelling expeditions for injured servicemen and women.
Andy Dukelow, Managing Director of Franke Sissons explained The terrific reception Ben received from the crowd at Chesterfield was very moving. These injured lads do amazing things and then share their experiences with young people and children to demonstrate that absolutely anything is possible. I look forward to bringing some of these lads into contact with children from the Chesterfield Community this year.