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NAVY NEWS, MAY 2009 29
You can’t
beat a bit
Red with
HMS Bulwark, the Navy’s
amphibious fl agship, has
pulled ahead of her rivals to
become the fi rst military unit to
be offered the title of Service
Friend status with charity Help
for Heroes.
RED faces, red hair, red
As a Service Friend the
10,000-tonne warship rubs
noses – it’s always all go for
shoulders with L/Cpl Johnson
Comic Relief among Naval
Beharry VC, Jeremy Clarkson
circles and this year was no
and Andy McNab.
The ship’s involvement with
In no particular order, these
● Trainee sailors from HMS Raleigh at the Monkey Sanctuary Trust
the charity began in 2008
events featured:
at Looe
when she supported the Big
Divers from the Defence Diving
Battlefield Bike Ride, carrying
School in Portsmouth (right) took
276 cyclists from the beaches
part in a diving relay, fetching
at Dunkirk to bring them back
red stones from the depths of the
to Dover.
Horsea Island lake.
Since then her work with the
They then competed to grab
charity has been ongoing with red noses (or balloons) floating on
the most recent exploit being the lake surface before any of their
sailors and marines from the oppos could catch them – the los-
assault ship cycling around ers had to donate to the charity.
around at
Malta. LPT ‘Jack’ Daniels said: “The
Bulwark’s CO Capt Wayne water was extremely cold and vis-
Keble said: “All of us in HMS ibility was low as the divers sifted
Bulwark are delighted to have through the bottom of the lake in
been accorded the tremendous order to find the painted pebbles.
honour of Service Friend status “Various artefacts were also
for this wonderful charity. uncovered, including some odd-
“The fact that Help for looking shells.
TRAINEE sailors from HMS for our two-man maintenance
Heroes is aimed at helping all “A fun time was had by all in
Raleigh have taken time out for team.
sailors, soldiers and airmen the search for the truth behind
a spot of monkeying around. “It was a big job that needed
injured while in the service of the rumours of the red noses in
Three groups of trainees completing before we opened
their country is hugely humbling the lake.
headed over to the Monkey in April.
for us. “There are so many red pebbles
Sanctuary Trust at Looe to “We needed some extra
“We couldn’t be more and noses in the lake that they will
prepare for its 2009 season. help so we got in touch with
pleased.” probably be dragging them out for
The sanctuary is a charity HMS Raleigh – thankfully they
Lt Col Mike Bestwick, the the next five years.”
that promotes the welfare of were more than happy to lend
officer commanding 4ASRM, At HMS Collingwood the
primates and works to end their a hand.
said: “After we saw, at first ceremonial training staff (right)
abuse in captivity. She added: “We can’t thank
hand, servicemen from Headley proved they did have a sense of
The sailors helped build a them enough.”
Court learning to deal with humour, bearing red noses dur-
new 100m fence for the five Raleigh instructor CPO Roger
terrible injuries and the use of ing the establishment’s training
rescue monkeys who are the Fradley said: “It’s good to
prosthetic limbs it inspired all divisions.
latest arrivals at the sanctuary. get the trainees out into the
of us onboard. Of course, divisions is serious
The Sanctuary’s Katie Hobbs community to expand their life
“This led to increased business, so the red noses were
said: “It was excellent to have experience.
awareness of the plight of worn by the team’s pace sticks
help from the Navy. “There was a great deal of job
our colleagues and much rather than their noses...
“The perimeter fence would satisfaction when they saw what
fundraising in Bulwark. WO1 Paul Barker, State
have been a painstaking task they had finally achieved.”
“To be recognised for our Ceremonial Training Officer,
efforts is a fantastic honour.” said: “In these times of credit
Help for Heroes founder Bryn crunch it’s great to see people rais-
Parry said: “None of us who ing money for those less fortunate
were ‘evacuated’ from Dunkirk than themselves, and having some
A spot of light
after our 350 mile ride will ever fun along the way.”
forget the experience of being In Portsmouth Naval Base it
taken off the beaches 68 years was the Royal Marines musicians
to the day that the Miracle of who stepped out (right), although
reading for CHF
Dunkirk was at its height. the red noses were mainly the
“The welcome, generosity result of the cold March day and
and superb underplayed the somewhat scanty nature of
MEN and women from the Commando Helicopter Force in Afghanistan
professionalism shown by the some of their attire.
received a welcome gift from the Bruton and district Support Our Troops
crew of HMS Bulwark was in The sight of the parading play-
organisation – a donation of £500 to spend on magazine subscriptions
the very best traditions of the ing Superman, pirate and nurse
of their choice.
service. was enough to cause traffic to
Cdr Bob Norris (Retd), the driving force behind the organisation,
“All of us at H4H greatly come to a standstill in the busy
said: “Bruton and the surrounding district have forwarded a large
appreciate the efforts made by base.
consignment of welfare packages to service men and women deployed
all on Bulwark. BRNC’s Lt Cdr Fred Radcliffe
in Afghanistan.
“While all the units, stations (Retd) (
“Indeed some of these packages have been flown to the forward bases
right) decided that Red
and ships of the Armed Forces
in Afghanistan by CHF helicopters, so it is nice to show our appreciation
Nose Day was time for a change
are special, there are some that
in a practical way.
of image.
are particular friends of H4H –
“I am confident this gift will improve the morale of these brave
Fred spent 38 years in the
Bulwark is our favourite ship
service men and women who are doing a marvellous job in an extremely
Royal Navy with a short back and
and we very much look forward
dangerous and challenging environment.”
sides, so when his sixtieth birthday
to our continuing friendship.”
Capt Jon Pentreath RN, commanding officer of CHF, said: “In terms
struck he decided that as he had
of stress levels, life in Afghanistan can be a rollercoaster of emotions,
never had long hair he wanted to
at times our people are enormously busy but there are also quieter
grow it.
But three years on he came to
“This extremely generous gift will provide a welcome distraction from
the conclusion that it was time to
the rigours of life on the front line.”
revert to a more traditional style.
a beacon
He said: “Three years was long
enough, and of course I checked
that my wife Shaunagh agreed
Janet has a break
It seems that Shaunagh was not
FOR the first time the Outdoor
the only one who thought a hair-
Leadership Training Centre
cut was a good idea, as BRNC’s
(OLTC) is organising the
commodore, Cdre Jake Moores,
Beacons Challenge – a two-
began the snipping process, and
with the RNBT
day competition consisting of
the haircut raised over £900 for
mountaineering, canoeing and
Comic Relief. THE Royal Naval Benevolent delight when I opened the
Fred added: “All the comments Trust remain stalwart supporters envelope telling us what had been
The Naval competition on
I’ve received since having my of the RN, whether former or still given.
June 2-4 will raise money for
hair cut have suggested the seri- serving. “It was just what we needed
Help for Heroes. ous trim I’ve had makes me look LS Craig Hull’s wife Janet and was nice to stay local; neither
This multi-activity event ten years younger – so definitely struggled with post-natal of us drives so the holiday venue
that takes place at Tal-y-Bont worth it!” depression after the birth of their was easy to get to – no mean feat
was inspired by the Alpine However particular respect fifth child. with five kids!
Challenge run in Bavaria by the for rapid hair loss must go the The family lives in married “We had a wonderful family
Army. Collingwood’s VT Flagship’s IS quarters at Lee on the Solent, and time, no pressures, just doing
RN teams wishing to enter department who underwent a neither parent drives – which left things like going on bike rides,
should contact their local PT sponsored chest wax at the end of Janet feeling isolated. having a day on the beach, sitting
office. More information can their fancy dress day. She said: “I like to do things, around the table in the evenings
be sought from the event Paul Hackney, a schoolboy especially with the children, but playing cards and games.”
organisers CPOET(WE) Simon for the day, volunteered for his feel quite cut off. She concluded: “We really are
Piles and LPT Jamie Buttle extremely hairy chest to be waxed “We had not had a holiday for very grateful to the swift help
on 01874 676269 or beacon_ (right). some years, but with a growing provided by the Royal Navy He said: “I’m very sore and also family just could not afford the Benevolent Trust just when we all
Alternatively if you’re not very, very relieved that it is now cost of a break away.” needed a lift.”
feeling energetic yourself, over. So far over £100 has been The RNBT made a grant to If you would like more
pledge your support at www. raised, so at least this has been cover the cost of a holiday at a information, contact RNBT at worthwhile.” Haven Holiday Park. or call 023
challenge. Bet his chest is still stinging... Janet said: “I screamed with 9266 0296.
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