Serviceman Ben Parkinson - the most seriously wounded British soldier to survive the war in Afghanistan - has launched himself out of an aircraft for charity.

The Lance Bombardier took part in a charity skydive from 15,000ft to raise awareness for Armed Forces charities.

The gunner leaped from the plane strapped in a tandem harness with an instructor.

L/Bdr Parkinson lost both his legs and suffered brain injuries and a broken spine when he was struck by a landmine explosion in September 2006.

The 27-year-old was on patrol with 7 Para Royal Horse Artillery in Helmand Province at the time of the blast. He was told he would never walk, talk or even feed himself again, but has defied medical experts and has overcome severe physical difficulties.

After he swooped to the ground in Netheravon, Wiltshire, he said: "It was fantastic. I want to challenge other people to get up to exciting things like I have done. If I can do it, anyone can. I want other people who have been injured to get up and live their lives."

L/Bdr Parkinson is said to be the most severely injured soldier in Afghanistan to have survived his injuries.

He performed the skydive to raise money and awareness for the Pilgrim Bandits Charity - a Special Forces charity that has recently expanded to support other servicemen.

The jump was conducted with the Jump4Heroes team who are all serving members of the British Army, experienced skydivers and part of the Royal British Legion Extreme Human Flight Team.

The Jump4Heroes team captain, Army Major Alastair Macartney, said: "We were extremely humbled when Ben approached us to ask if we would help him skydive. All of the Jump4Heroes team are serving in the Armed Forces so we are all effected by Ben's tragic accident. Being able to aid Ben in this fantastic physical achievement after such horrific injuries is a great achievement for us."