22 Jan 2022

Red Devils freefall onto flag for bereaved military families


Red Devils

Children and families who have suffered the loss of a serving loved one were treated to a once in a lifetime experience when the Red Devils Parachute Regiment Freefall Team jumped and landed on a bespoke flag produced by one of the country’s leading flag firms.

Hampshire Flag Company donated the 3x3m digitally dye printed flag to FAB, a Ministry of Defence charitable initiative which supports bereaved military families by providing activity holidays.

The Red Devils accurately landed on the flag, which was printed with the FAB logo, when they jumped into Whitby Abbey during FAB’s final activity break of 2010. The team then culminated the event by playing football with the bereaved children who were on the break.

Captain Karen Tait, the Media Officer and volunteer for FAB said, “FAB is all about encouraging confidence, friendships and peer support, and having the Red Devils jump for the children and play football with them was an incredible adventure.

“The landing flag printed with the FAB logo not only had a real visual impact but also helped the children to feel part of the project. Hampshire Flag’s generosity and support has been invaluable and we are very grateful for their donation,” added Karen.

Hampshire Flag’s team of 21 produces hand-sewn national and international flags and digitally printed banners.

Managing Director of the Waterlooville firm, Graham Wilkinson, said, “FAB offers bereaved families and children fantastic opportunities to have a break and to try something new.

“We are delighted to support this worthwhile cause by donating the landing flag and it is great to think that is has been used for such a spectacular event and has raised the project’s profile,” said Graham.

Hampshire Flag also offers a bespoke flag design service, PVC banners, marine flags, bunting, table flags, exhibition graphics and event systems in addition to the supply and installation an extensive range of flagpoles.

Its prestigious portfolio of clients includes Selfridges, the BBC, Channel 4, Portsmouth Football Club, IBM and British Airways. The multi-award winning firm provides on-going support for various charities and expeditions including Action for Kids, Samaritans and for swimmer and environmentalist Lewis Pugh’s on-going feats.