Eteach was proud to support headteacher Jonathan Hicks when he put on the uniform of the legendary 506 Parachute Infantry Regiment, and carried the same equipment as the American paratroopers would have carried in WW2, to raise money for the Soldiers Charity.
The Screaming Eagles Living History Group commemorates the fearless fighters from the US army regiment, dubbed the Band of Brothers, whose bravery lives on in books and films. For the past three years the Screaming Eagles have taken part in a sponsored march and have raised over £2,700 for charity.
Dressed in authentic uniforms they follow the route that the regiment took across Berkshire before the invasion of Normandy on 6th June 1944, accompanied by some period military vehicles. On Sunday Dr. Jonathan Hicks, headteacher from St. Cyres Secondary School in Penarth in the Vale of Glamorgan, took part in the march to raise hundreds of pounds for the Soldiers Charity, formerly the Army Benevolent Fund.
“It was a tough march,” Jonathan said, “but we were cheered on by lots of supporters. We were all pleased to be raising money for a great charity, and that made the sore feet worthwhile!!”
Dr Hicks raised over five hundred pounds for the Army Benevolent Fund. “My wife Wendy also too part, cycling the route on a wartime bicycle, dressed as a Land Girl. It was a worthy cause so we were delighted to be able to do our bit, though we had a few aches and pains the following morning as the ground was very muddy!”
The Army Benevolent Fund began in 1944 and is known as ‘The Soldiers’ Charity’. It provides lifetime support to serving and retired soldiers and their families, providing financial assistance when they are in real need.