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NAVY NEWS, MARCH 2009 31
A day at Alder Hey
MEMBERS of HMS Ark Royal’s Imagine charity said: “Although
ship’s company headed over to Alder Hey is NHS funded, we
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital rely on gifts and visits from
when their ship was in Liverpool organisations like the Royal
to deliver gifts and talk to Navy to raise awareness of the
children and their families. hospital.
The ship’s company collected “It is also fabulous for the
over £400 to buy gifts, which children and their families. We
was further bolstered by a are so grateful to have Ark
donation of £100 from the John Royal visit us and we hope that
Lewis toy department. the Royal Navy returns again
The sailors (pictured left by soon.”
LAPhot Gregg Macready) visited Alder Hey treats over 200,000
four wards and talked to families children a year, and is one
and children of all ages. of the largest and busiest
The sailors in their smart children’s hospitals in Europe.
uniform brought smiles to many Imagine is the Alder Hey charity,
faces, but even more so the a fundraising initiative that
ship’s chaplain Rev Richard supports the work of the hospital
Ellingham who demonstrated in terms of research and buying
some sleight of hand with his medical equipment.
magic tricks. Find out more at www.
Irene Axon from the hospital’s imagineappeal.com
Propellor
Collingwood
● The Prince’s Trust team on the low ropes course at BRNC
versus A Princely
pedal
WHICH is faster? Three matelots
on their pushbikes or one plastic
minehunter?
puts charity
endeavour
A GLIMPSE inside Naval life at the end of the week.
Well, the ship’s company of
was offered to youngsters in the The Prince’s Trust team so
HMS Walney put that to the test
Prince’s Trust at the Britannia enjoyed their experiences with the
when Leading Divers Marcus
Royal Naval College in Dart- Naval officers that three of them
O’Toole, Rod MacKenzie and
mouth. have even expressed an interest in
AB(MW) Andy Pither set off
to the fore
Officers Lt ‘Nobby’ Clark a future military career.
from Clyde Naval Base to cover
and Lt ‘Tanzy’ Lees from HMS
the 230 miles to Barrow-in-
Collingwood joined youngsters
Furness on their bikes.
on the 12-week course in week
A riches of
Walney’s CO Lt Cdr Tim
ten, which was dedicated to rais-
Green waved the starting flag
ing funds for another community
for the cyclists before rushing
project of their choice.
Richmond
off to his bridge to set his ship
Some of these money-making
AS EVER, those kindhearted
underway on its own journey to
schemes are well known to Naval
A SAILOR has set out to run from
Barrow.
folk at HMS Collingwood folks – car washing in fancy dress,
Richmond to Richmond and back
The cyclists admitted that
have been putting their
raffle-ticket sales, even bag pack-
to Richmond on Richmond...
they had the privilege of passing
efforts into fundraising and
ing in a local supermarket.
However CPOWEA Dave
through the Lake District, some
worthy deeds for good caus-
The latter part of the week saw
Hamlyn (something of a shame
of the most beautiful countryside es.
the Naval officers introduce the
he’s not called Rich...) will
in the UK, but for them it was Phase 2 sailors (pictured right)
Prince’s Trust volunteers to RN
be finding the view somewhat
something of a long uphill slog. headed out to Alverstoke Junior
training at Britannia, where they
monotonous.
PO(MW) Lee Dumbleton was School in Gosport to carry
were put through their paces on
The senior rate is running the
on hand to support the cyclists out general DIY and grounds
the low ropes course, and took up
distance from Richmond in Surrey
– although somehow managed maintenance: topping a footpath
the challenge of a gig race on the
to Richmond in North Yorkshire
to disappear when LD O’Toole with raw woodchip, clearing a
River Dart.
and back again (some 600 miles)
discovered he had a puncture... hedge-row, repairing a broken
Seamanship was further put to
on board HMS Richmond on
Despite their best efforts, the fence.
the test when they took charge
station in the Gulf.
minehunter beat the cyclists by
of a picket boat, and competitive
Suzi Hoskins from the school
And all in aid of the ship’s
two hours 43 minutes.
teamwork came back to the fore
said: “I’m impressed with their
charity Help for Heroes. If you
Their challenge raised £477.01
with a five-a-side football workout
hard work and dedication; they
would like to follow his efforts,
for the Children’s Specialist Unit have achieved more than was
Dave is keeping a blog at www.
within Furness Hospital. actually asked of them.”
Lt Cdr Green said: “It really Other local schools have
Solo cycle
davedoesrichmond.blogspot.
com. And you can pledge your
was a sterling effort by the benefitted from Collingwood’s
support by writing to him at:
cyclists. They not only raised muscle power in recent months:
funds for our affiliated charity, other Phase 2 trainees went to
eases Stress
HMS Richmond, BFPO 375.
but also helped raise the profile Ranvilles School in Fareham to
THE SON of a former Naval man
of the Royal Navy during our help with the annual tree-planting, can’t really put into words what discover that the final total was
is setting out on a two-year mis-
Life outside
successful visit to our affiliated digging holes, and putting in the this means to us.” over the £1,000 mark.”
sion to cycle around the world, A NEW housing scheme for ex-
port of Barrow-in-Furness.” trees and support posts; and Bright Another charity windfall from Other seasonal offerings
raising money for Combat Stress. Service personnel has opened up
Pilgrims play
Sparks Pre-School in Titchfield
Collingwood came courtesy of the included the Collingwood Hamper
Kevin, whose father LMEM in Plymouth, courtesy of Alabaré
received a donation of £1,500
Warrant Officers and Senior Rates Appeal which saw a wealth of food
Wayne Shannon served from Christian Care Centres.
from the Senior Rates Mess to
Mess who handed over a cheque and goods donated for the local
1977-89, plans to pedal across Supported by funding from the
for Armed
purchase new IT equipment.
for £1,500 to the RNLI, their elderly and underprivileged.
Europe, into Russia and Siberia, Royal British Legion, the new
Naval officers on the System
sponsored mess charity for last Organiser Emma Dunbar said:
down through Asia, to Australia scheme will provide supported
Engineering Management course season. “Because of the credit crunch,
then to South America and north housing with advice to people who
Forces
also showed off their muscle The results of Collingwood’s I wasn’t expecting to receive so
to the USA. are struggling with life outside the
when they went to Sarisbury November firework display have many products and I have been
Kevin sets off this summer, military.
PLYMOUTH Argyle FC are
Green Community Association to been handed over to Help for totally overwhelmed by all the
and his training and progress Find out more by calling 01722
celebrating Armed Forces Day
demolish an old building and level Heroes. support.
can be followed at www. 322882 or visiting www.alabare.
a little in advance of the offi cial
the ground in preparation for the The annual event was free “Sailors and civilians have
becauseitisthere.co.uk. co.uk.
celebrations on June 27.
arrival of two containers and a to all Service personnel and really shone through for the
The Pilgrims’ home game
storage shed. Collingwood employees, but a underprivileged in our local
Centre manager Jacki Jackson charitable donation garnered a community who would otherwise
against Burnley on Saturday
said: “I’ve been trying for two total of £1,063.15 for the charity have faced a darker Christmas.”
March 21 is their official mark
years to get help to demolish this – that helps injured Service men And Collingwood’s Chaplaincy
of respect to the city’s Service
anyone who did come along stated and women. bolstered the Christian Aid
personnel, where military people
that it was too big a job. Lt John Brennan said: “I was Harvest Appeal with the sales of
and their families will be able to
“But these sailors are brilliant, only expecting a few hundred spicy carrot and lentil soup raising
buy discounted tickets for the
they’ve been working so hard. We pounds and was shocked to £82.30 for the charity.
match.
There’ll be a military theme
with Royal Marines delivering the
ball to the referee for the start of
the event in their usual dramatic
A polar bear babe
style.
Supporters with green beret
THE POLAR Challenge is a 320-nauticalmile race unexpected physical and mental challenges
aspirations will be able to test
to the Magnetic North Pole, and Royal Marines but she has tackled each with true grit and
their mettle against a climbing
are helping one Research Scientist complete the determination.
wall and arctic simulator outside
challenge in aid of Help for Heroes. “Having served in Afghanistan and been injured
the ground, and be welcomed Dr Leanne Franklin-Smith is a climate change by enemy fire, I feel extremely proud to be
into the stadium by the sound of scientist who admits that although she has associated with Leanne’s efforts for Help for
● AB Fiona Emblem, AB Natalie Harbord and PO Andy Craigie run
a Royal Marine Volunteer Band. journeyed north of the Arctic circle many times, Heroes, and wish her all the best for what she is
for Help for Heroes Picture: LAPhot Hamish Burke
Cdr Malcolm Pollock of she’s never over-wintered, skied or spent long striving to accomplish.”
HMS Drake said: “A lot of periods of time overnighting in a tent out there. He added: “She has a tough challenge ahead,
Service personnel live in the So naturally step forward the Royal Marines but I am confident she has the determination and
Scottish runners for H4H
south-west. Many of them are with their particular expertise in cold weather drive to achieve her worthy goal.”
serving overseas in places such as survival. Former Royal Marine Sgt Parris Dugan added:
A GRUELLING 24-hour run took place on running machines at Clyde
Afghanistan, Iraq, or in ships and Marine Jono Hill from the Commando Helicopter “Arctic expeditions, more importantly than
Naval Base to raise £1,100 for Help for Heroes.
submarines. Force has been helping Leanne (nicknamed the physical fitness, hinge on mental endurance and
The six runners – PO Andy Craigie, LPT Michael Preston, AB Fiona
“It is great therefore that Bear Babe due to her interests and a white woolly Leanne definitely has the strength of character Emblem, AB Richard Perkins, AB Natalie Harbord and Mne Rob Le
our local football club has – in fleece) improve her fitness levels. and positive attitude to take on the challenge. The Core RM – each took up their place on the treadmill in hour-long shifts
recognition of their work – put on He said: “She has made tremendous progress risks she will face and the conditions that she will while colleagues collected from passers-by on their way to the nearby
this Armed Forces Day.” since she accepted this extremely challenging have to survive in are not to be underestimated.” Spar shop.
Ticket details: £15 adults; £5 event. Find out more about the scientist’s challenge at “They really went all out for the event and gave it their all,” said base
children; £10 over 65s/under 23s. “Her fitness regime has presented some www.bearbabe.co.uk. physical training instructor LPT Richard Collins.
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