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URNU digs deep for Valley kids Bears for
MEMBERS of the Wales
University Royal Naval Unit have
been following the example of babies
ships and establishments in taking
on a charity to support throughout
OVER 70 children were
the year.
welcomed to the Wyvern
The students, or Honorary
Centre at HMS Drake for a
Midshipmen in URNU terms,
Christmas party with bouncy
were given the task of finding a
castle, children’s entertainer, face
local charity and Mid Rebecca
painting and a festive feast of
Saunders found Valley Kids, a
party food.
few miles from Cardiff in the
The event was organised by
Rhondda Valley.
husband and wife team LPT
The charity has been
Charleine Wain and POPT Scott
established for 32 years working
Wain, and raised £1,447 for
with disadvantaged children and
Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.
their families.
The money was used by
The unit plans to raise funds for
Charleine and Scott to buy a
the charity throughout the year,
teddy bear for every baby in the
but the first thing they gave was
hospital, including the neonatal
their time.
intensive care unit as well as
The undergraduates, 51 in
three other wards.
Turbulent times
total, spent the day setting to work
And every child in the hospital
in a Ground Force style, cleaning,
received a present too, all
decorating and repairing their
● Lt Thomas and Mid Roach at work at Valley Kids delivered by the Wains and their
charity’s centres at Dinas and
children Ethan and Maia on
for Lizard lifeboat
Penyrenglyn, both of which serve
their leadership and team-working Corp said: “It has given us the Christmas Eve.
the local children by providing a
skills, putting their drill-night opportunity to put something back In addition, due to the
vast range of services and a safe
experience into practice. into the community and when
generosity of all involved at the
place to ‘hang out.’
It also took them to a part the kids who attend the centres
fundraising party, the family
It wasn’t only the charity which
of Wales they would probably came up at the end of the day
presented a cheque for £560 to
Turbulent, alongside on a defect They met some of the
benefited from the day but also never have visited while studying and thanked us it gave us a real
the neonatal intensive care ward.
rectifi cation period since last June, management team who oversee
the midshipmen from Wales at the Universities of Cardiff and buzz knowing we had helped with
have been spending some of their more than 90 beaches.
URNU. They worked in small Swansea. something which is so important
time in Devonport raising money The deeps pledged to support
groups and were able to develop Senior Midshipman Aaron in their lives.”
for charity. the RNLI’s biggest fundraising
From the £2,000 raised so far event, SOS Day, when hundreds
they chose the Royal National of people across the region take
Lifeboat Institution’s Lizard part in cash-collecting events.
Lifeboat Appeal to receive a hefty Cdr Ramsey said: “I am
sum. delighted that my ship’s company Show me the way
BUTCHERS A Turner and
Officers and senior rates has decided to donate the proceeds
Sons have declared March as
(pictured above) paid a visit to the from our ball to the local lifeboat
the month of the sausage with
charity’s divisional support base appeal in support of their fantastic
Bangers for Cash.
in Saltash to present a cheque for work.”
The idea is for military bases
£630, the money raised through a Robin Martin, Fundraising and
around the UK to host a sausage
raffle at their Christmas ball. Communications Manager for the
day, selling off bangers to raise
Cdr Ryan Ramsey, PO RNLI’s South Division, said: “It
to row home
money for Help for Heroes.
Christopher Wright, Lt Cdr was a pleasure to accept such a
And if the A Turner sausages
Gareth Jenkins and WO Stuart significant amount from the HMS
CLUBZ Mathew ‘Ruby’ Murray felt like a weeks in the field only to be sent to the rowing
– The Hair of the Hog and the
Brown were treated to a guided Turbulent and I am delighted that fish out of water when he first arrived in
machines to clock the metres they had missed whilst
Pickled Pig – are bought from
tour of the base, which serves 35 our fellow seafarers are supporting Afghanistan.
being away.
Tescos, then 5p goes to Help for
lifeboat stations across the south- us.” It wasn’t the country that bothered the PTI, nor
“Towards the end, it was becoming a real struggle
Heroes, or from military supplier
the job – it was being the only sailor in an Army
to stay focused on the target, as everyone was sick of
DBC & Purple Foods then 20p
the sight of rowing machines.
goes to the charity box.
Ruby explained: “Being a matelot assigned to a
“However, we eventually got down to the last 100
If you register your event
Pongo unit in a landlocked country, I was truly a fish
miles and decided to complete these outside in the
through the Help for Heroes
out of water and didn’t know what to expect.
middle of the camp, in order to shake the collection
website (www.helpforheroes.
“I soon settled in and quickly learned that there
tin at our coalition partners and raise the last few,
really wasn’t much difference between your average
well-deserved pounds.
then the charity will send to you
soldier and sailor.
“Due to the nature of your average soldier and
collecting buckets, banners and
“We both like beer, women, working out, and are
sailor, the last 100 miles turned into a competition
posters for your event.
only happy when we are dripping about something.”
of its own. We each had a 15-minute slot in which to
BRNC Dartmouth are
Acting CPO Ruby’s main jobs were to mentor the
row as many metres as possible.
planning an event for the end
Afghan National Army’s PTIs, give physical training
“Capt Gareth Jones, Royal Signals, set a good
of this month, along with RMA
lessons for the Afghan Officer Cadets at the Military
distance early on in the day of 4,040m. There were a
Sandhurst and RAF Cranwell.
Training Centre in Kabul, and keep the British
few people that pushed close to this target but never
But there must be a few more
mentors in shape.
quite reached it.
sausage lovers out there...
The latter wasn’t too difficult, as most of them
“As the brainchild of the event I was ordered to
were already extremely fit from devoting much of
go last by the Commanding Officer, Lt Col Nick
their spare time to ‘phys’.
Ilic, from the Rifles. The pressure was now well and
So he looked around for another challenge, and
truly on, because as a PTI I was not going to settle
Draw deep
finding several keen rowers in the unit, an idea began
for second-best.
to take shape.
“Everyone gathered around me and the rowing
YOU’VE HEARD of the Two Fat
Ruby takes up the tale: “As we were in a land-
machine, all egging me on to beat the gargantuan
Ladies, now meet the Two Fat
locked country I thought it would be quite ironic to
effort of Capt Jones.
be able to row out of Afghanistan and all the way
“I rowed my heart out and gave every ounce of
Friends Steve Mills and Barry
● Volunteers from the Maritime Aviation Support Force
energy that was inside me. I had my eyes closed as I
Picture: Jenny Lodge
Bishop both left the Navy ten
“Our chosen charity was always going to be the one
pulled the last metres and had no idea if I had won
years ago but have kept in touch
Parc’s good wood
which is close to all our hearts – Help for Heroes.
or not.
ever since.
“Brilliant, I thought, that’s settled, we will row
“I eventually looked up and saw that I was 35m
They’re getting together to
from Kabul to Headley Court. A total distance of short and was absolutely gutted. I was gracious in
take on three major charity events
3,088 nautical miles.” defeat and shook Capt Jones’ hand.
later this year, a bike ride, a run,
A NEW woodland walk has been Headmaster Brett Dye said:
He continued: “My boss, Major Garry McLeod, “Although I had been beaten, we and Help for
and a swim, in aid of Help for
created at Parc Eglos Primary “We were trying to develop a
had previous experience of many fund-raising events Heroes had won and I went to bed that night happy
Heroes, the NSPCC, and Make a
School, in Cornwall, with the wonderful outside environment
and was the driving force behind our sponsorship. that we had completed our challenge and raised
Wish Foundation.
help of Royal Naval Air Station which includes woodland walks,
“WO1 Andy Owen also wrote off to many £3,000 for them.”
As well as having full-time
Culdrose. safe play areas and some really
companies to gain support and Concept 2, whose Ruby, who is now swinging the clubs in HMS
jobs, both former deeps find time
Volunteers from the Maritime special secret places for the
rowing machines we were using, sent T-shirts and Collingwood, ends: “My thanks go to all at the
for charity and voluntary work.
Aviation Support Force cleared children to enjoy.”
water bottles and their best wishes for the task United Kingdom Leadership Training Team for
Barry is the chairman of the
the site of previous structures and He added: “The start given to
ahead. their sheer guts and determination to get the job
Oxford Sea Cadets and Steve is
debris and ‘recycled’ the materials us by RNAS Culdrose has been
“The original challenge was to complete the done, which epitomises the spirit of British service
Secretary of Area 5 of the RNA.
to create new structures and absolutely invaluable.
distance within a month, but due to operational personnel.
To find out more and support
pathways in the nature walk. “Despite the appalling weather,
commitments and the sheer exhaustion of the lads it “I would also like to relay my appreciation to
their fund-raising efforts,
The winter weather was not they were brilliant and achieved
took us eight weeks. everyone who sponsored the event for such a worthy
go to their website at www.
particularly kind to the workforce so much.”
“They would arrive back from days and sometimes cause.”
but with good humour and plenty The walk was given the seal of
of morale-boosting cups of tea and approval by its first visitors, the
biscuits provided by the school’s children of Pathways nursery class
dinner ladies the team achieved who tested every path and feature,
Stroke for stroke
Heron help
far more by the end of the week giving a special thumbs-up to the
ROYAL Marine Lt Col Justin Smallwood, based in the
than they hoped. sailors of the support force.
Maritime Warfare Centre at HMS Collingwood, has
TWO recent fund-raising events
completed a 10km rowing challenge entitled Stroke for
at HMS Heron have seen nearly
Battle auction at Drake
Stroke, in aid of the Stroke Association.
£1,000 raised for Help for
His efforts, which took place in the MWC foyer (right),
The first cheque, for £432 was
lasted 40 minutes to raise £261.30.
presented to Fiona Rainbird-
A CHARITY auction in aid of the RNRMC raised around £7,000 at a
Stroke for Stroke is a partnership between the Stroke
Clarke, the Somerset Group
dinner held in HMS Drake to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the
Association and Siemens to help support Siemens’
co-ordinator for the charity, after
Battle of the River Plate.
sponsorship of the GB rowing team, and to raise money
the sale of cider at the Nuffield
More than 170 guests, including four British veterans who took part
to help fight stroke in the UK.
Sports Bar.
in the battle and Capt Stephen Harwood, son of the Allied commodore,
Justin said: “I had a stroke 18 months ago and,
The cider, donated by
attended the dinner, which was staged by the West Country branch of although I have recovered well, I am now very aware Gaymers of Shepton Mallet, was
the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. of what stroke can do to people and their families and originally destined for a charity
Among the top military guests attending were Rear Admiral Richard friends. village fete at the air station, but
Ibbotson, Deputy Commander-in-Chief Fleet. “I am also keen to raise awareness of how to spot a it was cancelled because of bad
Naval historian Professor Eric Grove gave a summary of the battle, stroke in others, so don’t forget the following ways to weather so it was sold behind
which took place off the coast of Argentina and Uruguay, and saw three spot a stroke: F – Face, has it dropped; A – Arms, can the the bar.
British cruisers engage the German pocket battleship Graf Spee. person raise their arms and hold them up; S – Speech, is The second cheque, for £515,
Highlights of the event included a mess beating by the Royal Marines their speech slurred; T – Time, get help now! was raised following a popular
Corps of Drums and the presentation of a specially-commissioned “Speedy medical attention may reduce the impact of The X Factor competition held in
painting of the battle to the Royal Navy. the stroke.” Jester’s Bar.
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