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16 NAVY NEWS, DECEMBER 2010


Going the extra mile for George


PETTY OFFICER Scott Foskett ran more than 13 miles with a broken toe after pledging to give his sponsorship money to the hospital which looked after his son.


Scott, an instructor at HMS Raleigh,


injured his foot a


week before the Plymouth half- marathon.


He had promised to give the money he raised to Derriford Hospital Neo-Natal unit, which looked after his son, George, after a difficult birth last year, and he was determined to go ahead. He said: “I’d never run a half


marathon before. It was a lot of hard work and very tough but crossing the finishing line was an amazing feeling. “To be able to donate £1,000


to the neo-natal unit to help them care for other babies like George made it all worthwhile.” George spent the first week of his life in the unit after being born with his umbilical cord wrapped around his neck and suffering seizures. Scott’s wife, Erica, said: “When Scott hurt his foot I thought that would give him the perfect excuse


● PO Scott Foskett and his son George


to pull out, but he carried on and both George and I are really proud of Daddy. She added: “Scott trained really hard and went running every day he could. George is now a healthy 16-month-old little boy and we will be eternally grateful for the care he received from the staff at the neo-natal unit.”


A yomp like old times


INJURED Royal Marines from Hasler Company, the Royals’ rehabilitation facility, joined fellow serving and former Royals on the 12-mile ‘yomp’ across Dartmoor which has become an annual fixture.


Dartmoor Challenge saw 29 from the ranks of combat-injured Marines of Hasler Company joining 200 fellow serving Marines and their families for the hike.


RNRMC glory at Pompey


Divers take a dip


A GROUP of 15 RN divers raised £8,500 after completing a mammoth 10½ mile swim around Lake Windermere to raise funds for Project Vernon and Help for Heroes. The


clearance


swimmers, mostly mine divers


from Horsea


Island in Portsmouth, achieved their gruelling task within eight hours on a single day. Organiser CPO John Ravenhall


said: “This is something that we have wanted to do for a while and, being divers, a sponsored swim was the most obvious way of raising some money.” He added: “We’ve been training


since the start of the year but have been doing open water swimming for quite a few months now as well.


“We all try to train together


but because we all have different timetables, that can prove to be a bit of a challenge.”


The money will be split


between Help for Heroes and the fundraising effort for Project Vernon, a charity which is aiming to build a permanent monument to HMS Vernon, the former Diving and Mine Warfare School which is now the site of the shopping and leisure centre Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth.


POMPEY players will be sporting the logo of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity on their shirts this season. Portsmouth Football Club has joined forces with Havant-based Jobsite, the UK’s first commercial online recruitment site, to support the RNRMC.


The club is also giving 1,000


Fratton Park match tickets to the charity to distribute throughout the 2010-11 season. Robbie Robson, Chief Executive of the charity,


said: “We’re


delighted to be building close links with Portsmouth FC. “Through our network of


charities we look forward to sharing the benefits a closer relationship will bring and particularly being able to give some families who may be having a tough time the chance of a great day out.”


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Volunteers from HMS Collingwood took part in a sponsored walk with the charity Two Saints (ARC) which provides support to homeless people in the Fareham area. They walked from the charity’s office in Gosport to the bandstand in the town centre, and set up a soup kitchen to give soup and rolls to walkers and the general public.


The walk took place at the beginning of October, two days before


‘World Homeless Day.’ Base Warrant Officer Mark Hannibal said: “The day was a great success and we were pleased to be able to help – we raised about £600 for a very good cause.”


The Royal Marines’ Association


Barracks on the edge of Dartmoor and finishes at the Plume of Feathers pub, in Princetown, taking in moorland tracks and granite tors, old mine workings, mediaeval burial mounds and huge granite crosses marking ancient routes across the moors. As the Hasler group included single and double amputees, they did not all attempt the whole ‘yomp’ – among those who did was mountain leader C/Sgt Nige Lithgow, who carried the largest rucksack in the group. A group photograph was taken


at South Hessary Tor (see above), overlooking the finishing point.


The route starts at Bickleigh


On arrival at the pub, Marine Moon summed up the feelings of the group saying: “This has made me feel like a Bootneck again.” The event has now been going for three years and raised money by sponsorship and donations for the Royal Marines’ Charitable Trust, Help for Heroes, and St Dunstan’s. This year also included a raffle and an auction to raise money. The Tavistock branch of the RMA are the organisers, backed up by 42 Commando and local cadet detachments. This year the main organiser


was Falklands campaign veteran C/Sgt Yorkie Malone.


John takes Navy News to the top


NAVY News gets everywhere these days – and to prove it we couldn’t resist a picture of our paper reaching the heights at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. It was taken up there, for a little light reading matter perhaps, by regular Four-Peaker Lt Cdr John Scivier, who decided to expand his portfolio of mountains. He climbed the Tanzanian mountain in aid of Help for Heroes, for which he has currently raised more than £8,000. John, currently seconded to


the Civil Aviation Authority in London, said: “This was without a doubt the hardest – mentally and physically challenging – charity event I have ever done.” He added: “But the effort


was small in comparison to the hardships and challenges faced by the troops H4H supports and the thought that I was helping in some small way was all the inspiration I needed.” See what he plans to do next at


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Rock finale at Culdrose


A WEEK of fundraising at the Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose culminated with a rock concert and grand raffle in the famous Blue Anchor pub in Helston, Cornwall.


A packed audience listened to local bands to set the scene for a fund-raising auction, which included a dress donated by Barbara Windsor and tickets to see The Lion King, donated by Sir Tim Rice.


Officer, Cdr Jeremy Ovens, opened a family fun day at the Culdrose Community Centre, which featured a fly past by a Search and Rescue helicopter from 771 Naval Air Squadron, the famous Legion Bikers’ Branch, vintage military vehicles, the HMS Seahawk Volunteer Band and a host of other activities. The week’s efforts raised more than £3,000 for the Royal British Legion.


Triumph of navigation


HMS RALEIGH’S Triumph Squadron donated £250 to three friends from Saltash who travelled 2,856 miles across Europe to raise money for Help for Heroes. The three were taking part in the annual Screwball Rally, which drives through eight countries in five days, starting and finishing at Dover. David Chapman, Morgan


Jones and Chris Rout made the epic trip in their 1987 Ford Dorchester limousine, bought especially for the event. The Triumph Squadron


provides initial fire-fighting, damage control and first-aid training to new recruits and refresher course for experienced personnel.


The Culdrose Executive


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