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The RNBT need you

THE Royal Naval Benevolent Trust is looking for volunteers to become Trustees from April this year for the Naval charity. The RNBT was formed under

dependants, who find themselves in need or distress. The Trust’s beneficiaries are

referred to as The RNBT Family. Every year, more than 4,000 applicants are assisted: for further details go online: uk.

Trust is that it is predominantly run by serving and retired sailors and Royal Marines.

trustees (including the Trust’s Vice President) that form the RNBT’s governing body are drawn from serving and retired RN ratings and RM other ranks and are known as Ordinary Member Trustees. Vacancies will occur for four Ordinary Member

positions with effect from April 1 2013 as part of the RNBT’s routine governance ‘refreshment’ programme.

The election of volunteers to fill these positions, including those who are standing down but may wish to stand for re-election, will happen in the first week of March. Are you interested; can you

contribute; do you want to find out more? If

Portsmouth based Head Office on 02392 690112 or apply online: The closing date for applications

is February 28.

Celebrations with the RNBT

OFFICERS Lt Cdrs Bainbridge, New and Webster and Lt Tim Bird of Navy Command’s Joint Support Chain team hosted a standeasy in early December in aid of the RNBT. Members of the Logistics and

Infrastructure Staff dug deep to donate and were treated to home- made Christmas-themed cakes. The staff are based on the

fourth floor of Leach building on Whale Island and are responsible for managing and overseeing the Royal Navy’s estate

logistics for all ships, submarines and the Royal Marines. Lt Cdr Paul Bainbridge, who

across the considerable country, and

started his RN career as a ‘jack dusty’ in 1980, said: “It was great to have the opportunity to raise some money for the RNBT. “I have seen many examples of the fine work that

throughout my time as a rating and an officer, it truly is a worthy cause!”

students from Portsmouth University dedicated funds from one of their events to the RNBT. Members of the University of


But it isn’t just Naval personnel getting behind the charity,

Portsmouth Law Society held a ball to raise funds for the RNBT and also help the students gain valuable information for a career in law by inviting local legal professionals and lecturers. The UPLS said they chose the RNBT as it is a community- orientated charity with strong ties to Portsmouth. The UPLS were keen to

Social Secretary of UPLS and the driving

the former real so contact the RNBT’s Trustee A founding principle of the Accordingly 11 of the 17 and their

Royal Charter in 1922 to provide for those who are serving or have served as Warrant Officers and below in the Royal Navy and Royal Marines,

Vanguard digs

deep for Islay


Vanguard headed out to Islay at the end of last year to aid fundraising efforts on the island. The fundraising was in support

from HMS

of the Ciara Caskie Allan Appeal, a charity that supports eleven- year-old islander Ciara Caskie Allan and her family who are seeking proton therapy in the US. Aged three, Ciara suffered a

stroke due to a brain haemorrhage and was diagnosed with a brain tumour. She has undergone brain surgery three times and regularly attends Glasgow’s Yorkhill Children’s Hospital for treatment. Five submariners from HMS

Vanguard (Port) took part in a 32-mile fun-run across

Picture: LA(Phot) Arron Hoare Snow ho ho

YES, we know it’s not Christmas any more. Even the last pantomimes have played their final shows and closed their doors. The last lingering on-offer Christmas pudding has been cleared

off the supermarket shelves. But still, there is something

irresistible about about the sight of 20 just so cheerful Santas and one dashing reindeer amid the snow of the Antartic, so we shall deny the facts of the calendar and immerse ourselves once more in festive cheer.

survey work at Deception Island – a semi-submerged volcano off the Antarctic peninsula – to allow the fancy dress runners to race to raise money for sick youngsters and their families in East Anglia. As ice exploration and survey ship HMS Protector got stuck in to her first stint in the chilly waters of the Polar region, around one third of the ship’s company donned festive costumes for this Santa dash on behalf of the ship’s affiliated charity.

Children’s Hospice (EACH). The Santas and lone Rudolph

East they do

gathered for a gentle warm up led by the Portsmouth-based ship’s Executive Officer, Cdr Don Mackinnon, who was at the time in command of the 5,000-tonne icebreaker as part of her regular rotation of crew. Amid

conditions, perfect

watchful eye of two seals that had taken up post next to the ship, the Santas completed their run, one of eight organised on behalf of the

and under the weather The icebreaker paused her

children’s hospital ar Christmas (although the remaining races took place in the less-exotic surroundings of Essex and East Anglia, raising £34,000 in the process). For the Protector dash, the

families and care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. Providing care and support

ship first had to break through a sheet of snow-covered ice around Deception Island – although it’s approaching the height of the Austral summer, temperatures by day just about climb above 0˚C – before coming to a planned stop.

Some of the ship’s company disembarked to test the ice and drill samples to ensure the surface was safe before Protector’s eager Santas and Rudolph filed down the accommodation ladder and prepared for their race. “With 21 hours of daylight

and physical challenges they face, helping them to make the most of life.

wherever the family wishes, in families’ own homes, in the community or at the hospices, their care teams help children and their families with the emotional

run in the Antarctic are stunning and really capture the essence of what Santa runs are all about – having fun while raising vital funds for such an important cause,” said EACH’s Denise Norris-Fenn.

“The photographs of the Santa Anglia’s

in every 24, our working day in Antarctica tends to be a long one. The other day, for example, our first boat group departed the ship at 8.30am and the last one finally got back at 11 that night,” Cdr Mackinnon explained. “With that sort of work pace it’s therefore nice to be able to take a break from operations now and again, and do something both for fun, and also to help our affiliated charity at the same time. “Santa’s traditional home might be the North Pole, but as you can see he has helpers that visit the other one too!” As part of her affiliations with Cambridge (home, inter

to the British Antarctic Survey and the Scott Polar Research Institute), Protector

bound with EACH since August. The charity provides support to

Great Scott is centre stage

SURVEY ship HMS Scott is at the heart of a mural at Plymouth’s Child Development Centre. The ship’s Commanding Officer Cdr Pat Mowatt paid a special visit to the centre to hand over a donation of £500 and was welcomed with a tour of the centre and a visit to the activities room with its wall adorned with a colourful mural featuring Plymouth and HMS Scott. Cdr Mowatt said: “I feel honoured that HMS Scott takes centre stage

of what is a fantastic work of art. This really brightens up the room and I’m sure it will be enjoyed by all the children and their parents visiting the centre.”

support a charity that gave back to the community wholeheartedly. Santina Taylor,

said: “It was a wonderful evening. A lot of people put a lot of effort into the night, I am so pleased that it was such success.” During the ball a raffle was held

with prizes donated from local businesses.

RNBT. A total of £300 was raised for

The RNBT thanked all involved for their fundraising efforts. force behind the event, Never Forgotten

JULY 2012 saw PO Paul Swaby embark upon a triathlon to raise funds for the Not Forgotten Association, which was founded 92 years ago with the sole aim of providing recreation, outings and leisure activities for serving and ex-service disabled men and women. Paul completed this challenging feat in two hours 25 minutes in the

This figure was more than double Paul’s estimated total, as the senior rate had expected to raise about £500, but with the support of his shipmates, family, friends and members of the Warrant Officers and Senior Rates mess at HMS Nelson the total was boosted.

gym at HMS Sultan; as a result he and his friend CPO Baz Woodley, were able to present the Not Forgotten Association with funds raised to £1,128.

has been 1. Vocational Training

Grants to provide assistance with vocational training for ex-members of the Armed Forces of the Crown and their dependents who are suffering from any disease of the chest or related illnesses. This could cover any type of vocational training.

alia, Amount per award: Up to £1,000

2. Healthcare Professional Training Grants to assist in advancing the education of persons training to be healthcare professionals specializing in the treatment of chest diseases with a preference for those working with or intending to work with members or ex-members of the Armed Forces of the Crown. This might include training such as specialist nursing qualifications etc.

Amount per award: £2,000

3. Research Project Grant A grant to fund medical research into the causes and treatment of chest diseases, in particular amongst members or ex-members of the Armed Forces of the Crown.

Amount available: £120k (one award available)

Application submission deadline: 18 February 2013. For further information and to make an application, please see the ‘Healthcare Professionals > Research > Available Grants’ page of the BLF website:

FEBRUARY 2013 : 21

on the day, and added a further £1,137 to the appeal from a sponsored cycle ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats. Five more submariners headed

efforts raised £2,511

passing a rugby ball among the runners on the way. Their


out to Bowmore’s Ideas Centre with brushes at the ready to give the support centre’s rooms a fresh lick of paint. Cdr Sean Ryan, commanding officer of HMS Vanguard, said: “It was a fantastic opportunity to rekindle old friendships and make a good number of fresh ones. “We have been in receipt of outstanding hospitality and it has been overwhelmingly clear that there is a vibrant, energetic community here where our nation edges into the Atlantic, an ocean that is so much part of our history and identity as a maritime nation.”

British Lung Foundation Burrow Hill Training Fund

The British Lung Foundation (BLF) is pleased to announce availability of the ‘Burrow Hill Training Fund’. Under this scheme, funding is available to support vocational training, healthcare professional training and medical research related to ex-members of the Armed Forces of the Crown and their dependents who are suffering from any disease of the chest. The following 3 grant types will be offered:

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