As leaders in our marketplace, we believe in creating possibilities, not limits. We take special pride in supporting our Armed Forces in their personal & team endeavours.
We’re delighted to sponsor the Royal Engineers Field Gun Team in their pursuit of victory in the annual RNRMC competition and to work with Darrren Swift to grow snowboarding as an accessible sport for double above knee amputees.
We are honoured to have also signed the Armed Forces Covenant in recognition of the value that serving regular and reservist personnel, veterans and military families contribute to business and to the United Kingdom.
Since losing both of his legs above the knee whilst serving in the Royal Green Jackets in Northern Ireland, Swifty has undertaken a number of sporting and charitable adventures including canoeing, climbing, handcycling and sit-skiing.
More recently, Swifty became one of only a few above knee amputee snowboarders in the world and the only above knee amputee in the Armed Forces Para Snowsport Team. With exceptional performance and determination, Swifty attempted to qualify for the winter Paralympics 2018 but narrowly missed out. Pearson Engineering is delighted to work with Swifty to improve the bindings he uses to fix himself to the snowboard to allow better movement more akin to that of an able-bodied rider. Swifty’s ultimate goal is to increase the number of double above knee amputees to allow for greater competition and to encourage other injured servicemen and women to enter the sport. His commitment to creating possibilities for himself and others has been an inspiration to Pearson Engineering and we’re delighted to support him throughout 2018.
Royal Engineers Field Gun Team
The Field Gun Competition sees teams of 18 personnel compete to move a Field Gun weighing more than a tonne over 175 yards of flat track, requiring extreme levels of fitness, resilience and outstanding teamwork.
Pearson Engineering is proud to be the headline sponsor for the Royal Engineers for the 2nd year running and has provided significant funding for training kits and other necessary resources. Perhaps most importantly, funds will help to provide physiotherapists for the participating teams in what is known to be a gruelling event with potential for a high rate of injuries. The Royal Engineers have shown their grit and determination in recent years and have earned 2 pieces of silver and the respect of the more experienced Royal Navy teams. The Royal Engineers are known for the physical strength required for their operations and so the bar has been set high.
Armed Forces Covenant
Pearson Engineering was honoured to host a visit from Brigadier Oli Stokes, Commander 4th Brigade, in order to jointly sign the Armed Forces Covenant.
For Pearson Engineering, the relationship is especially important given the company’s position as providers of combat engineering equipment to the British Army and to a wide range of other Armed Forces around the world. A number of employees from Pearson Engineering have served with British Armed Forces in the past or are Reservists now. Further, the company has made efforts to support the Armed Forces community through fundraising activities for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, the Royal British Legion and SSAFA. The signing of the Armed Forces Covenant pledges Pearson Engineering’s continued support in a number of ways. To find out more click here.