Recently, at Tedworth House Recovery Centre, a group of beneficiaries came together to make paracord bracelets as an evening activity.
As well as being a fun activity for the group, the benefits of paracord bracelets go way beyond an enjoyable craft.
If you find yourself in a tricky situation and are wearing a paracord bracelet, it can be unravelled to provide an extremely strong rope to help in an emergency.
They are used for lots of different reasons, both in military and civilian worlds, such as using the rope as a fishing line, marking a trail (by tying pieces of the rope around trees to track your movements) and even can be used to floss teeth!
It’s used on adventures and on the battlefield. One soldier who was injured in Iraq after being hit with shrapnel and used his paracord bracelet to tie up around his wounds and help stop the bleeding – which help save his life.
The group at Tedworth House enjoyed the evening with Vicky Parrett, an injured soldier who undertook three operations on a left ankle injury which left the former Private suffering from nerve and soft tissue damage.
Vicky said: “Making paracord bracelets was really fun, it was difficult to get the hang of it at first but once we got going, everyone was really focused. Luckily, I’ve never had to use one before, but now I’m prepared just in case!”
Big or small, every donation makes a difference to our wounded Servicemen and women and their loved ones.