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NAVY NEWS, MARCH 2010 29
Assorted
Nigel is
jumpers
dog tired
WO Nigel Buckley (left) from
HMS Collingwood handed over
a cheque for £316.50 to the
ABOUT the time this edition of
Rainbow Centre in Fareham.
Navy News was coming off the
The centre is a specialist
press, six brave friends linked to
unit that helps children with
HMS Drake were preparing a
cerebral palsy across the south
15,000 feet parachute jump in aid
of the UK, and a frequent
of Help for Heroes.
beneficiary of fundraising by
The idea came to Lt Cdr
people at the Fareham-based
(now retired) Nick Bradshaw, a
training establishment.
Burnham lecturer who teaches
WO Buckley raised the
maths to sailors and marines at
money after managing an
Drake.
impressive time of one hour, 18
Nick’s first recruit for the jump
minutes and six seconds in the
was his daughter, Jenny, 25. As
Great South Run.
she was walking past him one day
he reminded her that she owed
him a favour.
He’d fed her pony, why didn’t
she do something for him, and
agree to jump out of a plane
Royal canine
strapped to a six-foot parachutist?
Jenny agreed on condition that
her father joined her.
Then, one of Nick’s students,
AB Robert Laskey, said he
was keen to jump, and within
a short time they had been
joined by Sarah Paz, a civil
makes his debut
servant from the Civilian
● Walking the plank for RNBT at Raleigh
Training Organisation; Kathryn
ROOKIE guide dog ‘Royal’ is
Harvey from the Learndirect one of the latest puppies to
Organisation at Drake, and finally be trained by the Guide Dogs
Lt Cdr Ian Taylor, the head of
for the Blind Association. RNBT makes a
the Naval Education Training
The yellow Labrador was
Service in the West Country.
named in honour of the Royal
Nick said: “It seems an
Marines who helped raise the
appropriate mixture of jumpers.
money to sponsor him.
splash at Raleigh
Drake’s education centre teaches
Royal was one of two puppies
sailors, marines and civilians
sponsored by the Legends Trek,
as well as their families, and
STAFF at HMS Raleigh were Site, Barbara Mann, go in at the
a journey over the West Highland
Learndirect provides a wide range
taken hostage and forced to walk deep end.
Way taken by Scott Cunningham
of courses for personnel at the
the plank when a band of ruthless Under the circumstances a
and his guide dog, Travis.
base.”
pirates arrived demanding money. group of 20 volunteers agreed to
Scott decided to walk the route
He added: “All the funds
Members of the executive ‘walk the plank’ and spectators
for the charity, reversing the
raised will go to Help for Heroes,
department and other key staff were asked to pledge their support
traditional direction by travelling
close to the hearts of HMS
were forced to jump from the high as each victim plunged towards
north to south.
Drake and Devonport, with its
board into the Raleigh pool by a Davy Jones’s locker.
One of his friends, a former
connections to 3 Commando
Johnny Depp lookalike wielding The event was organised by
Royal, recommended getting
Brigade, the newly-appointed
a cutlass. members of the Initial Logistics
Marines from Faslane’s Fleet
Hasler Division and the remedial
Among the victims were Cdr Officers’ Course to mark the final
Protection Group involved and
work done in Drake.
Mick Harris, the Commander of week of their eight-month course
four of the elite troops joined him
“Any offers, money and
HMS Raleigh and WO Master- at the Defence Maritime Logistics
on his way.
sponsorship would be very
at-Arms Alex Sharpe. Even the School.
C/Sgts Rab Murray and Billy
welcome – please send
chaplains, the Rev David Wylie Together with a special charity
Rodger, WO2 Dusty Miller and
contributions to Lt Cdr Nick
and Father David Yates, were not performance by the ILOC band
Cpl John Maughan accompanied
Bradshaw at the Base Learning
spared. in the wardroom, the group of
Scott and Travis on their journey,
and Development Centre,
Staff from VT donated £140 officers raised £610 for the Royal
joined by several former Rangers’
HMS Drake, HM Naval Base
to see the company’s Head of Naval Benevolent Trust.
players in what became known as
Devonport, PL2 2BG, or go to
the “Legends Trek”.
www.justgiving.com/
Andy Goram, Terry Hurlock,
Nick-Bradshaw.”
Arthur Newman and Mark
...and needs you to make
Cadet force
Hateley were among the players
who each tackled a leg of the five-
day journey, as well as have-a-go
a spectacle of yourself
DIPTFORD PRIMARY School,
hero John Smeaton, the baggage THE Kings Theatre in Southsea away on deployment and will not
in South Hams, Devon, enjoyed
handler from Glasgow airport who is holding an event to raise money be back by the end of March,
a visit from some Senior Cadets
tackled two Islamic terrorists in for three military charities – the don’t worry, late entries will be
of Britannia Royal Naval College
June 2007. Royal Naval Benevolent Trust, considered, subject to availability,
who came to help them with
C/Sgt Murray said: “Scott was SSAFA (Hampshire) and RBL just drop Tug an email to express
some heavy duty tasks in and
a real inspiration to us all during (Hampshire). your interest.
around the school playground.
the trek. He battled through some The night’s event is being hosted The RNBT’s Lyn Gannon said:
horrendous w
Picture: LA(Phot) AJ Macleod
Eight cadets and their
eather along the way by former sailor, and local boy, “Please come along and see the
divisional officer, Lt Dan Parnell,
and everyone was impressed by
and raise some money for such a a guide dog named after the
Shep Woolley, who will introduce show, your support could make a
made the journey across to
how he took it in his stride.
good cause.” Corps,” said Rab. “Scott and
plenty of individual skits/sketches great difference to someone who
Diptford to meet the headmaster,
“Being Royal Marines we are
Scott visited HMS Naval Base his own dog, Travis, have raised
based on Armed Forces humour needs help.
Tony Callcut, and find out what
no strangers to the rigours of the on Clyde after the walk to thank over £60,000 in total through and way of life. “All three charities provide
jobs the school would like them
outdoors, but Scott really made it the Royals and bring along his their various charity walks and Can you sing, act or dance? fi nancial support to serving and
to do.
look easy. four-legged friend Royal to show are a great inspiration to other (What a question to ask shy and ex-serving personnel in need and
On the agenda were moving
“We were delighted he them where their sponsorship blind people, showing what can retiring Naval folk... – Ed) Are you distress.
a shed, building a fence, laying
approached us to help and were money went (see picture above). be achieved when you embrace a in Portsmouth on August 1? “Help us to help them.”
a patio and pathway as well as
only too glad to accompany him “It was a real honour to have challenge.” If anyone wishes to enter an The Review will take place on
numerous other ‘little’ yet time-
act, or would be prepared to help Sunday August 1 at the Kings
consuming jobs.
out as stage crew or would even Theatre in Southsea with the show
Mr Callcut said: “It was just
like to sponsor the show by way starting at 7:30pm and finishing at
brilliant to meet the team from How much is that puppy?
of advertising in the programme, 10pm.
BRNC. They were all keen to
then contact Tug Wilson by the Tickets will be available from
get on with the tasks in hand and
end of March by email: guy4god. the theatre at prices: £20, £15
actually achieved far more than
AND ON the subject of dogs, IED strike during his third tour wilson@hotmail.com. and £10, with concessions for
● A cuddly Dunstan at
we hoped for.”
Dunstan is looking for a new of Afghanistan, sustaining serious
Everest
If you are reading this whilst groups and OAPs.
“Once we got there we all
home. injuries.
wanted to get on with the project
Or rather, several Dunstans Nigel was taking on the
as we knew we could make a
from the same litter (cute tee- Khumbu Challenge 2009, the first
shirt, cool shades, long cane and of five expeditions being run over
No delays for
difference,” said Lee Norton,
who had organised the visit. “It
combat trousers – it’s what you five years to integrate Marines and
was useful that one of us, Stu
get when you cross a dog with sailors injured in Afghanistan and
Moss, professed to be an expert
a teddy-bear apparently…) are Iraq back into Service life, when
looking for various homes. he met Dunstan.
these Neutrons
fence builder!”
Despite sporadic showers
The teddy-bear dogs were the Another Dunstan is onboard
of rain the team managed to
idea of St Dunstaner Cpl Simon HMS Grimsby, currently on
FOR SEVERAL years HMS Sultan has sent teams to the Keswick to
whitewash the climbing wall and
Brown, of the Royal Electrical patrol in the Gulf. He was adopted
Barrow 40-miles road race.
lay the patio and path. “Our
and Mechanical Engineers, who by Leading Marine Engineering
Every year the (appropriately named) Fast Neutrons and (not so
appropriately named) Delayed Neutrons are a familiar sight as they
expertise was fairly negligible
lost his sight when hit by sniper Technician Leighton O’Doherty
pound over the Cumbrian hills.
when it came to path and patio
fire in Iraq. and is helping the crew with their
In the 2009 annual event, as we reported at the time, the 12 runners
but we learned a lot as we
Several ‘Dunstans’ have been watch duties.
netted the K2B World Champions 2009 title, despite battling against
went along,” commented team
adopted by various units across Although the dogs all look the
the worst weather conditions for ten years.
member Jamie Smithson.
the three Services to raise funds for same, they all have their own
HMS Sultan sent two teams. The 12 runners’ record-breaking
During the day some governors
St Dunstans, the national charity identities and some have already
run, getting all of them back in less than eight hours 15 minutes,
and parents from the school
providing lifelong support and been named by their adoptive
earned them the Keswick-Barrow Challenge Cup for the Best
joined in and everyone was very
rehabilitation for blind ex-Service units.
Walking Performance by a team from outside Cumbria; the
satisfied with the day’s work. The
men and women. There is a limited number of
With increasing demand for its W Richardson Trophy for the Best Team from the MOD and Armed
best bit, by all accounts, were the
At least one of the dogs has Dunstan dogs to adopt – if your services, St Dunstan’s is planning
Forces; and the L Redshaw Cup for Best Team overall.
pasties provided for the workers. already scaled the heights of unit would like one, or would to open an additional centre in The Commanding Officer of HMS Sultan, Cdre Al Rymer, and Capt
Lee Norton and John Roberts Everest, sailed part-way around like to support the original Llandudno, North Wales. Graham Watts presented cheques to Steve Hobbs for the Gosport and
later returned to the school to the world and visited the plains Dunstan on his travels, visit www. The centre will offer a full range Fareham Inshore Rescue Service; and Rebecca Grant in aid of KIDS –
join the morning assembly and of the Masai Mara. This Dunstan st-dunstans.org.uk or email of services to teach independent Fareham and Gosport Young Carers.
explain to the pupils the true was presented to Nigel Lithgow, a colin.Williamson@st-dunstans. living skills such as getting around Teams from HMS Sultan have been involved with this race for
significance of the Remembrance Royal Marine with 42 Commando org.uk to find out how you can safely, navigating a kitchen and many years and have raised thousands of pounds for charities in the
Ceremonies. who was involved in a vehicle get involved. using a computer. Portsmouth area.
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