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A COLUMN in brief due to the
huge amount of fundraising
Walking in
done by the folks current and
former of the RN and RM for
Help for Heroes:
■ POET(ME) David Hewet and
colleagues from HMS Sultan
took part in the Dartmoor
Classic Cyclosportive, covering
105 miles in just nine hours,
the past
and raising almost £100: www.
justgiving.com/spew
■ CULDROSE pilot Lt Cdr
NOPE, we promise you these
Andy ‘Tank’ Murray joined the
(right) are not Viking raiders,
Prime Minister and a horde of
other celebrities and servicemen
but 4th Century Roman
to cook up an H4H fundraising
warriors wearily pacing the
cookbook.
length of Hadrian’s great
Sales of Food for Heroes,
barrier against the barbarian
published by Accent Press, will hordes of Picts.
see all profits ploughed back into Or rather this is a team of sailors
the military charity. from Portsmouth Naval Base who
FAA pilot Tank of 849 NAS took up the challenge of Barbarian
was invited by the book’s author
Stomp, joining forces with their
Sqn Ldr Jon Pullen to join the
Army colleagues (pictured together
contributors.
below), to tramp along the length
Each was asked who their hero
of Hadrian’s Wall dressed in
is, why, and what would they
authentic outfits to raise funds
cook for them?
for Help for Heroes and the Army
Tank replied his dad, Sgt
Benevolent Charities.
George Murray, to whom he
Curiously both Navy and
would serve his chilli tortillas,
Army teams had come up with
saying “I chose my dad as my
the same idea, and it took David
hero because he was everything I
Richardson of Portsmouth-based
wanted to be when I grew up.”
Roman re-enactment group Legio
The book can be bought from
www.foodforheroes.co.uk
Secunda Augusta to bring the two
and
teams together.
from booksellers at £14.99.
Led by Roman enthusiast
■ RESERVISTS – AB Stephanie LLogs(SC) Derek Thompson, the
‘Sandra’ Bullock of HMS
Naval walkers were clad in the gear
Eaglet and PO Julian ‘Jools’
of 4th Century Centurions and
Bikers for babes
Davies of HMS President –
soldiers, supplied by fellow trekker
on deployment to Cyprus for
Dental Nurse Alyssia van-Linton,
Exercise Helios Encounter took
TWO women – Cdr Karen McTear and Barbara Ewart (pictured above)
a gladiator from the re-enactment
part in the annual Cyprus Bay
– have leapt on to their bicycles in response to a calling notice from
group who has trained people for
to Bay swim, covering just over
Prof Lord Robert Winston for women to cycle 450km through China’s
stage and film combat, and is a
one mile and raising more than
Beijing Province to raise money for the Institute of Obstetrics and Gy-
keen Roman historian.
£200 for the military charity.
Along the route and at each ● The Naval team in 4th Century naecology Trust’s Women for Women charity.
It took the team five days to
stop, the walkers rattled collecting Roman gear walking alongside Karen, now to be found in Whitehall at the DTR IPT, and Barbara,
cover the 84 miles from Bowness ■ MEMBERS of HMS Heron
tins, garnering over £3,500 for Hadrian’s Wall (and we promise PA to FOST ACOS (Training) on Whale Island, are seeking to
Climbing Club clambered up a to Tynemouth, camping over
their military charities to date. you that LLogs Derek Thompson raise £7,000 in sponsorship for the charity’s groundbreaking medical
climbing wall to the equivalent night in tents arranged through
Derek praised the people and on the left is cursing that shield research.
height of the highest peaks in Iraq the logistics crew of the Army
communities he met along the in the photo...) If you would like to support them, visit www.justgiving.com/
and Afghanistan in just 24 hours. team.
way. Pictures courtesy of Rob Wray barbara-and-karen.
Inspiration and support were The Army men, clad as the
He laughed: “Newcastle was
provided by H4H pin-up and more conventionally-perceived 1st
amazing – there were kids from
Page 3 Girl Peta Todd.
Century Romans, were led by
the estates, jumping over fences to
Lt Matt Hulse said: “Many of
WO Carl Cooper of 159 Supply
give us money.
the climbing team have served
Regiment.
“Newcastle and Carlisle were
on active duty in both Iraq and
Both teams of walkers wisely fantastic. We had a brilliant 6*'41;#.0#8#.
Afghanistan and we wanted to
decided to abandon the notion of reception. The people were out of
do something to help those who
Roman-style sandals in favour of this world.”
aren’t as fortunate as we are.
proper hiking boots in the rough If you would like to pledge
“The challenge has been a
terrain. your support for the Barbarian
#551%+#6+10
whole team event and I am
And Derek did admit to coming Stompers, visit the website
ecstatic that we have been able to
to loathe very rapidly the large at www.justgiving.com/
raise so much money.”
heavy shield that he bore upon his hadrianswallwalk19-24jul09
Once Navy Always Navy
Sponsor at: www.justgiving.
back. Which then stayed in the
com/twin-peaks-challenge
support van on later days.
■ AT an event at HMS Wildfire
tZ at tZe AssociaŸov  oesW
in Northwood, H4H were
presented with £445, money
raised by the unit through
Supports the Royal Navy Maintains Naval tradiŸons
donations, raffle profits and the
sale of merchandise.
Enjoys social acŸvi Ÿes Re-unites Shipmates
During the evening, the
Reservists put on a display
Remembers the fallen Helps the disabled
of problem-solving and ship’s
protection for their guests –
>ooks aL er the needy Cheers up the distressed
local employers, councillors,
sports stars (including
Stands together in Unity
rugby player Kevin Sorrell
of Saracens) and potential
● The Romans of the Army and Navy on Barbarian Stomp
recruits.
■ A TEAM from HMS
President, along with a group
from HMS Calliope, conquered
Nelson team set
the Ypres 100km, with one
participant New Entry Zoe
Townsley managing to raise over
£600 for H4H.
Peaks record
However apparently it came at
a price, with a few aches, pains THE PT staff from HMS 23 minutes.
and blisters, which led to some Nelson threw themselves into the Funds raised from the day –
fascinating walking techniques Seafarers UK 24 Peaks Challenge, which are in excess of £90,000
rather akin to a Madness video... hammering 15 rival teams to take – will go to support people and
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the winner’s laurels and set a new their families who risk their lives
■ SAILORS from the ME
department of HMS Ark Royal
record. to work at sea.
Full Members
walked the 62-mile Coastal
The teams climbed 24 peaks Plans are already in hand
Path around the Isle of Wight,
across the Lake District in just for next year’s event, so if you
Consist of Serving and Ex-Serving members of the The Naval Service,
raising money for both H4H and
24 hours to raise money for the would like to take part, contact
Cancer Research.
maritime charity Seafarers UK. Lee Dobbins at Seafarers UK on
WRNS, RFA,RNXS and RMAS, regardless of Rank. Any person who
And the winning Naval team 020 7932 5961 or lee.dobbins@
served in the Naval Forces of a naŸon which is or was a member of the
■ EACH time a Serviceman or
romped home in just 16 hours and seafarers-uk.org.
woman withdraws cash from a
Forces Financial cash machine,
riŸsh Commonwealth.
5p is donated to H4H for the Fast
Support for seafarers Associate Members
Cash screen withdrawal.
■ Former MAA Stephen
A NEW telephone helpline has been set up to make sure that seafarers
Those in sympathy with our Objects, especially families.
Unwin and his old oppos
and their families know where to go to get the help they need quickly.
have devised Little Ted’s Big
There are almost 150 maritime charities that provide support services
Adventure, already raising £100,
to RN, RM, Merchant Navy, fishing fleets and their families.
Contact Nigel Huxtable at RNA HQ
whose worldwide exploits can
The Seafarer Support line, a freephone service operated by the Merchant
be followed through www.
Rm 209 Semaphore Tower, PP70, HM Naval Base, PORTSMOUTH PO1 3LT
Navy Welfare Board, is funded by the Maritime Charities Funding Group,
justgiving.com/little_teds_
a partnership of: Seafarers UK, Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity,
Phone - 023 9272 3747 E-Mail - Nigel@royalnavalassoc.com
adventure
ITF Seafarers Trust, Merchant Navy Welfare Board, NUMAST Welfare
tebsite - www.royal-naval-associaŸon.com
■ LS(Sea) Anthony ‘Nobby’ Funds, Seaman’s Hospital Society and Trinity House.
Clarke of HMS Edinburgh raised The Freephone service on 0800 121 4765 is available between
over £700 with a barbecue outside 9.30am-4.30pm on weekdays, but outside these hours messages can be
hnity, >oyalty, WatrioŸsm and Comradeship
the ferry on the Isle of Dogs during left, which will be responded to within one working day. Alternatively
the London Marathon. visit online www.seafarersupport.org.
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