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30 NAVY NEWS, MARCH 2009
A sailor’s
Bulwark
becomes
a Heroes
best friend
ship
ASSAULT ship HMS Bulwark
sent its support when Durham
County Council chairman Len
O’Donnell urged people not to
limit their support for the UK’s
Armed Forces to the RBL’s
THEY say that every dog
enough; they have been a lifeline is due to be shown on Sky Real
Poppy Appeal.
has his day. Well, Endal
for me and my family.” Lives in March 12 at 9pm.
The councillor was speaking
has had a few days in the
If you would like to support the And the book Endal – How
after presenting a cheque for
limelight, and that will only
RNBT or find out if they can help One Extraordinary Dog Brought a
£4,000 to Help for Heroes,
you, visit www.rnbt.org.uk or call Family Back from the Brink was
increase with a documen-
saying: “Until fairly recently,
023 9269 0112. published by HarperTrue in early
tary on Sky Real Lives this
people could be forgiven for
The Dog that Saved our Marriage February, priced £6.99.
thinking that the only reminder
month and the publication of
we get of the service and sacrifice
a new book Endal: How One of our boys and girls, men and
Extraordinary Dog Brought a women in the Armed Services
Family back from the Brink.
was through the annual Poppy
For those who don’t already
Day Appeal.
know about Endal, he is the canine
“But that’s no longer the
companion of Allen Parton. Allen
case. Sadly our involvement in
was serving in the Gulf in 1991
Iraq and Afghanistan has given
as a chief petty officer when he
us an almost daily reminder of
US-UK get their
was involved in a road traffic
the deadly risks which can be
accident.
involved in joining up and serving
Left in a coma for several
our Queen and country.
hands dirty
months, Allen woke up without
“People today are often
the use of both legs and with no
criticised for being cynical,
memories of his wife or children.
uncharitable and unsympathetic
Allen’s brain injury left him
towards our Armed Services.
TWENTY trainee sailors from skills they learn during their basic confused and bewildered, unable
“But a new organisation –
HMS Raleigh were joined by an training in a different context, to return to the Naval service and
Help for Heroes – was launched
equal force of US Navy personnel while also helping out a very struggling to come to terms with
which proved the critics wrong
from the Joint Maritime Facility worthwhile cause.” what had happened to him.
and showed that the British
at RAF St Mawgan to clear The head of the Joint Maritime His wife Sandra was a nurse so
people really do care and have a
vegetation, build fences, and do Facility, Capt John Jones said: thought that she could deal with
great pride in what our Service
other rather messy jobs around “I am delighted that the US her husband’s serious injuries, but
men and women do.”
Vitalise Churchtown Centre. Navy and colleagues at the Joint the man who came home to her
Bulwark’s commanding
This was the fourth year that Maritime Facility have been able was very different to the man who
officer, Capt Wayne Keble, sent
the Brits and Yanks joined forces to help. had gone away.
a message of support to the
to clear up the 12-acre site in “My sailors participate in a But by chance Allen came
council, stating why this appeal
Lanlivery that provides breaks for number of community relations across Endal, and man and dog
was particularly relevant to
disabled people and their carers. activities across Cornwall each year bonded – the Labrador assistance
Durham’s adopted ship:
The annual DIY work day – but Churchtown is a very special dog helped Allen regain his
“Firstly, and this fact is not
also saw the multinational sailors project as it allows us to join with independence.
well known, the Royal Navy is
(pictured above by Dave Sherfield) trainees from HMS Raleigh in a The Royal Naval Benevolent
currently the largest supplier of
put to work building new compost truly unique US-UK initiative, Trust (RNBT) became involved
Service personnel to Afghanistan
bays and power-washing buildings and work together to help this with the Parton family in 1993,
and Iraq.
and vehicles. very worthwhile charity.” assisting with living expenses and
“Secondly, we have suffered
Capt Jonathan Woodcock, the Further information about the help for the family to move to
the loss of Royal Marines from
commanding officer of HMS Churchtown Centre can be found a house better suited to Allen’s
HMS Bulwark in those troubled
Raleigh, said: “The trainees at www.vitalise.org.uk. needs.
areas.
thoroughly enjoy their time at The RNBT also helped in the
“And finally, and of particular
■ A collection at Raleigh before
the centre. It gives them the Christmas raised £742.33 for the purchase of a powered wheelchair
joy to us, HMS Bulwark has been
opportunity to use the teamworking centre. to allow Allen to take Endal for
described as Help for Heroes’
regular exercise and off-road
favourite ship.
Bandies on bikes
walks; and a smaller wheelchair
“Indeed so close has our
for daily use.
relationship with Help for Heroes
Allen said: “Without the
become that we have been asked
ROYAL Marine musicians from the Royal Marine Band in HMS
support of the RNBT, I’d be
to become a ‘patron’.”
Nelson will be pedalling their way across the south coast from Deal
unable to take my best friend out
He concluded: “It is a
to Torpoint in memory of two of their colleagues.
for walks. I can’t thank the Trust
tremendous honour for Bulwark
The places chosen reflect the two men: Major John Kelly, a former – County Durham’s ship – to
Director of Music, came from Deal and Cpl Andy Thomson, a French become the first military unit to
horn player, lived in Torpoint. If you are feeling a little peaky... be accorded such a distinction.”
A core team of 14 riders will be cycling every day of the five day
event in May, with guest riders from the Band Service and the fami-
SEAFARERS UK are challenging Previous participant Lt Alan over July 18-19.
lies joining on occasion.
the Navy to take back a charity Ainsworth recommends the event As Seafarers UK is Britain’s
Three charities will benefit from the riders’ efforts, two of which
title from the Army. to his matelot allies: “Organisation leading charity helping people
Bonded for
have been chosen by the widows: St Luke’s Hospice in Plymouth,
The Seafarers 24-Peaks of the event by Seafarers UK from the RN, RM, Merchant
Deal Memorial Bandstand, and the RM Benevolent Fund.
Challenge takes place in July in the and Global Challenge staff was Navy and fishing fleets, perhaps
WO2 Lee Cullen said: “With our guys out in Afghanistan at the
Lake District, but at the moment absolutely fantastic – everything I you can find a team to put the bereaved
moment, we thought these charities were highly appropriate.”
the Forces record is held by an expected and then some.” maritime services back on top?
The Bandies are also holding a charity auction in Portsmouth
Army team and Seafarers would Each team of six people is asked Find out more at www.
while all the RM Bands are gathered there to prepare for the Beat
like to see a Navy team challenge to raise £5,000, tasked to climb seafarers-uk.org, or call 020
children
Retreat in Horse Guards Parade in June.
for the title. 24 peaks over 2,400ft in 24 hours 7932 5961.
Find out more at www.bandiesonbikes.co.uk
THE Royal Navy and Marines
Ambush ready
Children’s Fund has joined forces
The rigours of the
with Winston’s Wish to allow
to launch
Matt tackles the Bath Half
bereaved children from Naval
ASPIRING Royal Marine offi cer Matthew Barnes will be running the
and Marine families access to the
WHILE the submarine itself may
Bath Half Marathon this month for two RM charities: the Royal Marines
charity’s services.
beauty frontline
have a little while to go yet, the
Benevolent Fund and the Royal Marines 1939 War Fund. It means that if a family comes
funds are in place for the guide
The 23-year-old runner, who is awaiting a date for his Potential to the RNMCF in need of
dog puppy.
Officers’ Course, will be carrying a 40lb weighted vest over the bereavement counselling services
FOR many women, waxing is a normal part of their beauty routine; for The Submariners Association distance.
then the Fund will pay for
many men, it’s something that they have to be rewarded to endure... Derbyshire branch has collected He said: “Regardless of my own ambitions with the Corps, I have
Winston’s Wish to provide these,
Fortunately 30 men from the Royal Marines, Royal Navy, RAF, the £5,000 needed to sponsor the developed a deep and humble respect for the Royal Marines and the
with no limit on funding.
Army, police force and fire services were brave enough to put themselves Derby 4 Ambush puppy.
daily sacrifices they make. And I feel privileged to be able to help their The new partnership offers
on the beautician’s front line to have their legs waxed and raise over The last monies were collected
charities in this way. support to Navy and Marine
£4,000 for Help for Heroes. at Pride Park football stadium
“The weighted vest I will wear is not only a mark of respect to the children bereaved through deaths
One brave Royal Marine Reservist had his entire body waxed for when the Derbyshire Submariners
Corps, but also an important symbol of the crucial light infantry role of in combat, or through any other
the cause, which is an eye-watering thought for anyone who has ever Association and friends were
the Commandos.” cause.
experienced the sensation. boosted by help from HMS
Pledge your support at www.justgiving.com/matthewbarnes2. “There is urgent work to be
The fundraising event took place at Bristol’s RNR Unit, HMS Flying Ambush, HMS Sherwood, and done with children from Naval
Fox, organised by former Reservist Liz Farrell, and attended by Bristol’s TS Kenya Sea Cadets – which and Royal Marine families who
Lord Lieutenant Mrs Mary Prior who watched the men suffer their amassed a collection of over
…and Keith races on the ice
have lost a parent,” said Clare
fate. £1,500.
FORMER Naval man Keith Flood begins his toughest challenge yet
Scherer from Winston’s Wish.
Liz, who spent much of her service working in hospitals providing
medical cover to the Marines, said: “The night was an enormous
Tireless for
this month when he sets out on the 6633 Ultra, a 350-mile non-stop
“The death of a parent can
unsupported footrace across the Arctic Circle.
be one of the most fundamental
success. Not only was it great entertainment for all involved, it was a
The ex Naval PTI has just eight days to complete the journey from
losses a child will ever face.
great opportunity to raise money.
“Help for Heroes provides invaluable assistance to its thousands of
deep divers
Eagle Plains, Yukon, to Tuktoyaktuk in north-west Canada, dragging a
We have the tools and coping
sled with all his equipment and food through the challenges of a hostile
strategies to help young people
servicemen and women, and our Reservists were keen to show their FIVE members of submarine winter, thin ice, snow storms and unexpected wildlife. live with their grief and face
support for a cause that benefits so many friends and colleagues.” HMS Tireless’ crew plunged into Keith is hoping to raise £75,000 for the National Society for Epilepsy the future with confidence and
The former petty officer added: “Over the course of my career I have the chilly waters of Devonport (NSE); more than double the impressive total he raised in 2007 when hope.”
been fortunate to meet some really fantastic people, and I believe it is Sound in aid of charity. he tackled the diametrically different Marathon de Sables, a six-day race Winston’s Wish is the leading
important to give something back.” CPOET(MESM) Phil Amphlett across the Sahara desert. childhood bereavement charity
The evening included a charity raffle and fundraising bazaar, which led the group in their charity If you would like to show your support, visit www.justgiving.com/ and the largest provider of
garnered more than £500 of the total raised. swim which raised over £1,500 yukon-ultra. services to bereaved children,
If you want to show your support, go to www.justgiving.com/ for DDRC – the Diving Diseases Find out more about the Naval man’s favoured charity at www. young people and their families.
elizabethfarrell1, or about the Reserve forces at wessexrfca.co.uk. Research Centre. epilepsynse.org.uk. ■ Helpline: 0845 2 03 04 05
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