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Michael Lewis

Courage Under Fire

A night of Championship boxing, Saturday 14th Sept for SUPPORT OUR PARAS because SOP helped me after Life Changing injuries

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SUPPORT OUR PARAS

We support our PARAS and their families to bring them help and a life they deserve

Charity Registration No. 1131977

Story

Michael Lewis, 36 is a former paratrooper who served with the 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment and is set to compete in his third boxing match on Saturday 14th September in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.

Despite being a below knee amputee that hasn't stopped Michael from training six days a week in the lead up to the big fight and he hopes to inspire others, by getting back in the ring after his latest fight in July.

Michael said "After my first match, which ended in defeat, I am determined to come back fighting. I proved this by winning my second fight in just 1 minute 38 seconds in the first round. Getting back into training and into the ring has to be one the hardest things I have done, but I want to promote Support Our Para's for what it is, showing that donations really help individuals like my self and all those with in the Airborne Forces and their families.

Michael served with the 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment as a Corporal and had been in the Army since 2000. In 2008 everything changed, with only six weeks left to go of his tour Michael was hit by British Artillery 105mm round. He was left with blast wounds which nearly severed his left arm, shrapnel wounds to his left knee and blast wounds to his right leg which lead to a below knee amputation.

The injuries lead Michael being medically discharged from the Army in 2012 and life as Michael knew it changed forever, consequently his dream of serving with the British Armed Forces was over. However, through Michael's treatment, rehabilitation and transition from military to civilian street Support Our Paras has been there for him.

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