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16 NAVY NEWS, FEBRUARY 2009
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■ AN INDOOR rowing
competition in Gosport’s Royal
Navy Submarine Museum raised
£3,000 for Help for Heroes. Fifty
people from various medical
miss for Tim
establishments in mixed teams
of ten took up the challenge,
which was won by a tri-Service
team from Fort Blockhouse
Gymnasium, led by PTI Staff Sgt
Issy Parfitt and featuring Naval
MA Laura Thomosson.
OVER IN America CPO Tim touch and go for me to run. My
■ AT Bickleigh Barracks, home
Jones spent months prepar-
training was somewhat scuppered
of 42 Commando RM, Falklands
ing to take on his first mara-
in early October.
veteran Maj Gen Nick Vaux DSO
received a cheque for £1,000
thon only to have a knee
“I was diagnosed with a knee
from Royal Marine Plymouth
injury almost take away his
problem and was forced to stop
running.”
Lodge 9528, making a grand total
chance to run.
However the senior rate, who
of £3,000 raised by the Lodge
● Lt Cdr Ian Brailey presents a MASF plaque to Mrs Diane Rudge,
Home manager, at the Royal Star & Garter Home in Solihull
Tim (pictured below), a former
is serving at the Headquarters of
towards helping injured Royals on
ship’s diver, and his oppo Lt
the Supreme Allied Commander
their return to the UK.
Massive support
Paul Hursthouse (right), a former
Transformation, was determined
■ THE British Forces Foundation
clearance diver who has just
to take on the marathon, and
completed training as a Senior
was the winner of the 2008
took advantage of excellent treat-
Upper Yardman Warfare Officer,
Charity Times Awards. The
ment from the US Navy’s Physical
were committed to running the
BFF arranges morale-boosting
for Solihull home
Therapy department at Norfolk
Richmond marathon in the US.
visits of big-name entertainers
Naval Station.
Tim said: “Personally it was
to troops serving all around the
The week before the race he
world, including the front lines
finally managed to spend some
of Afghanistan and Iraq. The
TEN people from the Maritime opened as an addition to the
time on the running machine.
charity manages all this solely
Aviation Support Force (MASF) original Richmond Home, and
“With the physio’s green light,
through public donations.
at RNAS Culdrose travelled up plans are in hand to build a
I was good to go. This was my
The award judges said: “They
to Solihull to visit their affi liated network of new homes in different
first marathon so I am now able
have shown great leadership
charity, the newly-opened Royal parts of the country.
to speak from experience and say
in presenting effectively to the
Star & Garter Home. Find out more online at www.
that 30 minutes running in four
public the message of being
Two COs of MASF – Lt Cdr starandgarter.org.
weeks prior to the marathon is
proud of the work of our troops
Ian Brailey (outgoing) and Lt
definitely not the way to prepare.
in the face of an unpopular war
Cdr Tony Dunn (incoming) –
“Paul was great to run with,
which reminded him of his time
in Iraq.”
led the group to visit their long- Seeing pink
he gave me the encouragement
in Afghanistan.
established associate.
I needed when I started to hob-
“I served in Op Herrick in
■ A CHARITY auction at
MASF trace their links with
DESPITE a FOST grilling before ble.”
2007, and sadly saw too many of
Devonport Naval Base raised more
the Royal Star & Garter back to
setting out back to the Antarctic, The two finished with a time of
our boys killed or badly wounded
than £4,000 for Help for Heroes.
the original Richmond home that
the crew of HMS Endurance five hours 15 seconds, 50 minutes
– but remain fiercely proud of the
Prizes for the auction and raffl e
opened in 1916.
determined to celebrate Think slower than their original pre-
work our men and women are
were donated by local businesses
Fundraising for the home is a Pink day on board the survey ship
injury target.
doing in that region.
and from further afi eld, including
regular part of the MASF HQ’s with a sponsored head shave. As
“Paul, I feel, could have gone a
“The Royal Navy and Royal
signed sports memorabilia and
annual events programme, with all funds were for Breast Cancer
lot faster without the ‘limping old
Marines are playing their part in
an overnight stay at Rick Stein’s
last year featuring a John O’Groats Campaign, it wasn’t just the
chief’ bringing up the rear.
spades.
restaurant in Padstow.
to Land’s End sponsored run, lads who had their locks shorn –
“Considering two weeks before
“Although I have never met
WO Mac McLaughlan said:
with patron Simon Weston there particular credit to LOM Sally
I was barely able to jog 200 metres,
him, Mne Ormrod’s bravery
“We were absolutely delighted to
to greet the weary runners as they Green and LS Kerry Collins. All
so I felt my physios had done me
and determination are humbling
raise over £4,300 for this charity,
crossed the finish line. on board dug deep raising over
proud.”
and serve to remind us all of the
as our initial target was £1,000.
The Solihull home has recently £2,600 for the cancer charity.
However Tim kept himself run- incredible spirit within the UK
We would like to thank all the
ning with one focus – “I could military.
people who helped and donated
not help but think of our seriously “It is impossible not to have
prizes to enable us to have an
injured servicemen and women respect for such a fine young serv-
exceptional response and turnout
and what they would give to be iceman.”
for the event.”
able to run 26.1 miles unaided. If you would like to support
■ THE staff, Naval and civilian, in
Enough said.” the runners, you can pledge to
Portsmouth enjoyed the benefits
The charities that the men your preferred charity through
of fresh baking at the Macmillan
chose to support were Help for (Seafarers UK) www.justgiv-
Cancer Relief’s Biggest Coffee
Heroes, Seafarers UK and the ing.com/timjones33; (Help for
Morning events last year, with
DON’T MISS THE SECOND PART
Demelza Children’s Hospice. Heroes) www.justgiving.com/
Navy Command HQ on Whale
Tim admits that his inspiration timjones32; (Demelza Children’s
Island netting £420.63, and the
for running in the first place was Hospice) www.justgiving.com/
Portsmouth Naval Base HQ
OF THE SUPERB HMS ARK ROYAL
the story of Mne Mark Ormrod, timjones34.
topping them with £715.79.
■ MOD communications provider
CUTAWAY POSTER
Paradigm have donated £10,815
to Help for Heroes, including
money garnered from a charity
dinner evening and sponsorship
of the Rugby Challenge Match in
September.
■ FORMER Serviceman Michael
Bawtree set up a theatrical show
in November about the seizure of
the Pegasus Bridge in Normandy
at the start of D-Day. Money
raised from the event went to
new charity Project 65, which
split among the Royal British
Legion, Army Benevolent Fund,
Picture: LAPhot Emily Chambers
RAF Benevolent, BLESMA, St
Cornwall bound
Dunstan’s and Help for Heroes.
■ MEN from the Royal Marines
Reserve based at HMS Caledonia,
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One of the event organisers, S/Lt Ellen Shephard, said: “All team mem-
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bers completed their allocated stages with many doing additional stages,
Organiser of the event Kay
surpassing their own expections – some even ran over 30 miles a day.”
Burry said: “As someone who is
“We received positive support from the local community, who
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cheered us on whilst adding money to our collection tins. Thankfully the
recruitment process, the work that
weather was kind to us, even though the terrain and hills of Cornwall
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Help for Heroes does is something
were not.
that is very close to my heart. I felt
“Although the event was extremely challenging, everyone who took
it was time that I gave something
part had a great sense of achievement as they completed the event and
back to the extraordinary men
Also featuring in our March Issue all had a thoroughly good time.”
and women who are currently
serving and making huge sacrifices
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A tale of seven Severns
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One of our Editorial Team will be reporting back on
THREE men from HMS Severn will be climbing on to their bicycles, as
kayburrysponsoredrow.
Navy News went to press, to begin a 300-mile coastal cycling route from ■ THE NPFS Social Work team
the naval involvement in the Falklands today
Penzance to Portsmouth – all raising money for the RNLI. at HMS Nelson decided to
The Naval Severn is affiliated with the RNLI and specifically her do something a little bit more
Severn-class lifeboats. This link means that the cyclists – Lt Simon creative when it came time for
Portsmouth Welcomes Daring
Yates, Lt Roland Wilson and S/Lt Charles Thornton – will be paying their annual team build. The
visits to the six Severn-class boats stationed between Penzance and whole group jumped at the
Portsmouth: Pendeen, Falmouth, Plymouth, Torbay, Weymouth and chance of a makeover for a
The newest Type 45, …the first in her class
Yarmouth; before meeting their seventh Severn, their own ship, in local primary school. And so the
Portsmouth. team headed off to Saxon Shore
CO Lt Cdr Steve Moorhouse said: “The RNLI is an outstanding Primary School in Paulsgrove to
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charitable organisation that saves hundreds of lives at sea every year. I bring a fresh look to their Music
am extremely proud that Severn is associated with the Institute.” and Drama Room.
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