Jump4Heroes is The Royal British Legion's Extreme Human Flight Team. All serving British Army personnel, the team members jump in their spare time, creating extraordinary spectacles in their Poppy-branded kit to raise awareness of the Legion.
They are led by Major Alastair Macartney of the Royal Logistics Corp, a multiple National Skydiving Champion. Other members are former WO Spencer Hogg and Sergeant Deane 'Smudge' Smith, Royal Engineers, with support from Cpl Zoe Edwards of The Royal Corps of Signals.
The intrepid trio specialise in BASE jumping and flights in wingsuits - looking like colourful flying squirrels - that enable them to fly in excess of 100mph at thousands of feet altitude. They are also champions at guided canopy flight, skimming inches above the earth in excess of 70mph.
They pursue their exploits all over the world, and have jumped for the Legion from the 1,000ft Menara Tower in Kuala Lumpur (where Maj Macartney set a new world record of 32 jumps in 24 hours) to scenic cliffs, bridges and gorges in South Africa. Recently they "flew" from 10,000ft off the Eiger in the Swiss alps (see video below).
The precision, discipline, professionalism and courage of Jump4Heroes are all qualities encompassed by the British Armed Forces and celebrated by The Royal British Legion - we are proud of our association with them. Visit their Jump4Heroes website for more information.
The Legion works closely with the individual and Combined Services sporting associations. View our calendar of events for information about upcoming matches.
During Remembrance each year, the Premier League football teams and teams from other grades and codes, support the Legion by wearing poppies on their kit. Many auction their shirts and donate the money raised to the Poppy Appeal.
South pole centenary race
In January 2012 two teams of Servicemen lead by Lt Col Henry Worsley MBE finished the most authentic ever recreation of Capt Scott and Roald Amundsen's 1911/12 race to the South Pole, in aid of The Royal British Legion.
Enduring temperatures of up to -52°C, the two teams spent two months covering 900 miles of snow and ice, while carrying all their food and fuel in sledges weighing 140kg each.
Friends of the Forces
Held in 2010, the Friends of the Forces Awards recognised those from all walks of life who made an exceptional contribution to the well-being and appreciation of HM Armed Forces and their families.
Supported by HRH Prince Harry, the Friends of the Forces awards were an opportunity for us to acknowledge and say thank you for all of their help and support.
You can find out more about them at Friends of the Forces Awards.