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RNRMC round-up

THE Royal Navy Royal Marines Charity has recently paid out £150,000, including the following grants: n £50,000 to the RNBT. n £25,000 to the RN and RM Children’s Fund. n £25,000 to Combat Stress for its Community Welfare project. n £30,000 to the St Dunstan’s Centre at Llandudno. The latter two are charities

who have naval beneficiaries who have not been supported before by the RNRMC. In addition the first grant was made to the Families Activities Breaks to fund ten places for the widows and children of naval service families. RNRMC chief executive

Robert Robson, said: “Increasing both the amount we can give and the breadth of charities that we support is a core part of why the RNRMC exists. “Being able to give supplementary grants to the RNBT and Children’s Fund on top of the grants made last November and also to help new causes is great.” In addition the Naval Service Amenity Fund, another RNRMC subsidiary, paid out over £10,000 in the first three months in grants to help with: recommissioning and pre-deployment events for HMS Triumph; the commissioning ceremony of HMS Dauntless; a families’ day for HMS Sutherland and HMS Monmouth; new kit for ‘Millies’ mother and toddler group at JSU Northwood; funds for 771 NAS crewroom equipment, HMS Sultan’s wardroom and the WO and Sergeants Mess at CTCRM. Robert Robson said: “ Every

week we get requests for money from ships and establishments to help with all sorts of events. “We would love to give 100 per cent for everyone and, with help, we will – if you are not already doing so get signed up to SABS, raise money for the RNRMC and get involved. “Everything we give goes to the

naval service past and present, and nowhere else. Please help us help you.”

RNRMC fund-raising events

include: n Sailors from HMS Bulwark on a charity run while the ship was on her way from Copenhagen to North Shields. The sailors and Marines ran the equivalent distance of the circumference of the country on three running machines. n HMS Monmouth’s 100- Mile Relay Challenge, during which 100 members of the ship’s company ran a 100-mile relay on the upperdeck in the Red Sea. n HMS Pembroke’s Self

Propel Around Britain – keeping fit and raising money by circumnavigating the UK on one of the ship’s three training machines. n Bike 800 – eight cyclists are planning to pedal 800 miles around England in one week, visiting Headley Court, Selly Oak hospital and Wootton Bassett among other places. n Midnight Sun Cycle – Barrie Whitehead and Mike Acott are going to cycle unsupported from Bardufoss in Norway which is within the Arctic circle, to the Royal Naval Air Station at Yeovilton in Somerset. With a total distance of 1,400 miles, they are planning to leave Bardufoss on June 24, to be back at Yeovilton on July 11. n Navy Climb 2010 – Sailors from HMS Raleigh are preparing to climb one of the world’s highest mountains this September to raise money for the RNRMC and the Royal British Legion. n HMS Calliope, the Royal

Naval Reserve Unit located in the North East of England, has chosen the RNRMC as its adopted charity for 2010. The ship’s company got the year off to a good start by raising £793 after its Burns Night supper. To find out more about the RNRMC and SABS, go to the website at or call 023 9254 8093.

Magnum force for good

WHEN you’re on a six-week deployment doing watches under the sea without a sweetshop in sight, the little treats of life become very


Important enough for the

submariners of HMS Sceptre to set what is possibly a world record for an ice-cream at auction. Not just any ice-cream of course,

but a Magnum, the weekly treat which brightens every Sunday evening for the ship’s company – well, nearly every Sunday. Sadly on this six-week

deployment stocks had run out after four weeks and the deeps bunkered down and tried to forget what they were missing – until one of the chefs found a lone Magnum hiding down the back of the freezer. Rather than take it into a quiet

l CPO John Barnard is cheered on by the crew of HMS Lancaster

corner and deal with it himself, the chef nobly broadcast his find to the ship’s company. This landed the boat with a bit of a problem. How do you divide a single Magnum among 130? Someone had the brainwave of auctioning it for charity and the date was set. The men mustered in the Senior Rates mess with the Coxswain presiding and the bidding soon became lively. Within seconds an opening bid of 50p became £40. Tension mounted as two dedicated ice- cream lovers were left to battle it out until the gavel fell at £100 to PO Berry.

salivating ship’s company, PO Berry remarked: “This is possibly the most satisfying ice-cream I have ever eaten.”

Scoffing it in full view of a

The money raised will go to the Clippen’s School in Scotland. CPO Wiltshire, whose son goes to the school, said: “I can’t believe he paid so much for a ice-cream. The money will go to a good cause though, and I thank him for it.”

WHEN CPO John Barnard left for a seven-month deployment in HMS Lancaster last year he set himself a goal – to row one million metres and raise £1,000 for charity. Four months later he completed the feat, surpassing his target, and collecting, for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s Fund. CPO Barnard, an Engineering Technician (ME), wanted to help the

John rows a million

charity because his youngest son has Type 1 diabetes and the charity has funded an insulin pump and a blood glucose monitor, as well as helping with school fees. These have made such a difference to his son’s life that John is

determined to give something back. “Not being a particular ‘fittie’ I decided to go with the Million Metre

Row as I had done some rowing in the past,” he explained. “The row started just before we got into Gibraltar in October and ended just before our stand-off in Dubai at the beginning of February. “I mainly rowed in the Winch Well which is outside the ship’s air conditioning boundary and during the Red Sea transit, temperatures reached a high of 45˚C. “It was hard to stay motivated sometimes, but the ship’s company

spurred me on to finish and has been extremely generous in sponsorship.”

The Just-Giving page will remain active until the end of May when the ship returns, all donations welcome on


l PO Berry and a very valuable ice-cream...

ENGINEERING Technician David Boyle became Commanding Officer of HMS Illustrious for a day after bidding £91 in a charity auction. Marine Engineer David was

Dave wave

particularly keen to get the appointment, as the ship sailed past his hometown of Newcastle, enabling him to wave to his parents as she passed. The money will go to one of the ship’s nominated charities, the MacIntyre Centre, a school for autistic children, and the Promise Dreams charity, which works with severely and terminally ill children.

Life begins at 40

WHEN Debs Oliver, a

watchkeeper with the RFA, turned 40-something she had a good look at her life and decided something had to change. “I was unfit,

and a smoker,” said Deborah (pictured above), from Helston, in Cornwall.

“Looking through an old photo

album gave me a wake-up call and I decided to do something about it. “I gave up smoking over a year ago and have lost three stone, live a healthy lifestyle and love every minute of my career in the RFA.” Now Deborah, 48, has set herself another challenge,


complete the gruelling ‘Walk across Scotland’

coast-to-coast route

inside two weeks, to raise money for BLESMA (British Limbless


Ex-Servicemen Association). She will set off in May to walk from Lochailort on the west coast to St Cyrus on the east across mountainous terrain. During her time off watch in

RFA Lyme Bay, currently in the Arabian Gulf, Deborah has been training hard for her Scottish marathon,

using the ship’s

gym to prepare herself for the unsupported 172-mile walk. Deborah joined the RFA in

2003, following on the family tradition of joining the Services – her father was in the Army, her brothers served in the Navy and Army, and her eldest son is currently serving in the Navy. “All these challenges I can tie in with helping others and I can’t think of anything more worthy than BLESMA,” she said.

Buzzing around

LEADING Physical Trainers Sion Jenkins (he’s the extra from the Bee Movie on the left) and Danny Card organised a light-hearted run inside Devonport Naval Base to raise money for Sport Relief. All volunteer runners, military or civilian, had to appear in fancy

dress and could choose whether to run one mile or three. Sion said: “We wanted to do something for Sport Relief so myself and Danny decided to involve as many people as possible by organising the fun run. Staff paid to take part and all of the money raised was donated to the charity.”

HMS Collingwood also did its bit for Sports Relief. Executive

Officer Cdr Chris Lade was pulled around the establishment by Phase 2 trainees (‘motivated’ by the PTIs) and tots from the Forces Families Club held a one-mile walk with their mums, joined by LPT William Callen and First Lieutenant Martin Peak.

CHIEF Petty Officer Marcus Bohlin is set to make a titanic effort for charity over the next few weeks. Marcus, 39, who works at HM Naval Base Clyde, ran the Great Scottish Run last year for his chosen charity, Alzheimer Scotland, and this year plans to redouble his efforts to raise cash. Later this month (April 18) he will be taking part in the Chris Hoy Half Marathon in Edinburgh, then in May he will walk 96 miles of the West Highland Way, from Milngavie to Fort William. As though that wasn’t enough, super-fit Marcus will then return to Edinburgh on May 23 to run the full marathon – all in all a total of 135 miles over a five-week period.

Marcus aims to raise £1,650 for Alzheimer Scotland.

“My dear old grandad suffers from Alzheimer’s

disease,” said Marcus. “I want to raise money for this charity so that people can continue to get the help and support they deserve to make the rest of their lives as happy and as dignified as possible.” To contribute to his charity go to www.justgiving.


Steward Pamela McLean will be putting on her

running shoes this month (April) for the London marathon.

Marathon men and women

Pamela, 29, has already finished two marathons, in London in 2003 and Edinburgh in 2009. This year she will be running to raise funds for the Royal Star and Garter Homes for Disabled Ex-Servicemen and Women. Pamela had various jobs in Worksop and Leeds before deciding she wanted to travel the world and meet new people. She joined the Navy ten years ago and has served in HMS Leeds Castle, Ocean, Cumberland, Roebuck, and at HMS Raleigh and Collingwood. She is currently working as a steward at RNAS Culdrose. To support Pamela, go to


A 20-strong team of runners from 815 Naval Air Squadron in Yeovilton donned their running shoes to compete in the Bath Half Marathon, raising money for St Margaret’s Hospice Somerset and Dorothy House Hospice Care. And 26 men and women from 815 NAS took part in a 12-hour Rowathon to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. A team of dedicated rowers started the challenge

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