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Nissan, alongside The Afghanistan Trust, has organised Mission Morocco 2012. It’s a 14 day sponsored trek across North Africa to raise £40,000 for The Parachute Regiment charity. 



Mission Morocco 2012 will be carried out by four inspirational servicemen who have all been injured in the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan. Two of the soldiers taking part in the trek have lost a leg below the knee and all, despite their injuries, are still active in the Regiment.  They will be supported by a number of Nissan employees.


The trek, which will start on April 18 and depart from The Parachute Regiment’s barracks in Colchester and Nissan HQ in Rickmansworth, will be undertaken in adapted Nissan Navaras, which will be used to make the epic journey across North Africa and is part of the car brand’s ongoing commitment to raise £250,000 for the Trust. 


Colin Smith MBE, CEO of the Afghanistan Trust says: “The trek will see some of The Parachute Regiment’s most talented and dedicated servicemen take on the Moroccan desert to help raise funds that will directly benefit their colleagues. Despite suffering injuries themselves, these men’s courage and selfless determination to help others in need and their families is inspiring.”


A series of challenges will be carried out in the middle of the Moroccan desert by injured paratroopers Sergeant Jackson, Privates Vidler, Burns and Ford and a selection of Nissan staff. These challenges will include seeking out a safe house by cover of darkness, carrying out mine clearing exercises, GPS navigation tasks in the Navaras and a ten mile march.


Jim Wright, managing director of Nissan GB said: “Nissan is dedicated to raising £250,000 for the Afghanistan Trust and Mission Morocco 2012 is one element of this commitment.  The funds raised will help to pay for important support for injured paratroopers, their families and the families of those paratroopers who have tragically lost their lives in Afghanistan. We hope the nation will get behind these incredibly brave men who have given up their time to take on the challenges in the desert heat – to help support our paras.” 

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