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22 NAVY NEWS, JANUARY 2011


Heron in the pink


STAFF at the Command building at HMS Heron arrived at work to the smell of baking when women from the Information Hub got together to organise a cake sale for breast cancer awareness month. Wearing bright wigs, pink tutus and fairy wings, the women


(pictured) produced a vast selection of cakes in all shapes and sizes, raising £1,000 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.


Deeps take on monster challenge


SEVEN submariners braved harsh


challenging hills and a possible monster when they headed north to take part in two tough road races near Inverness.


were taking part in the River Ness 10k. The seventh, the boat’s Lt Ramsay Shaw, was


the Loch Ness Marathon. He managed an impressive time of four hours, two minutes and 17 seconds – a fantastic achievement for his first marathon. In the River Ness 10k CPO Craig Richardson came 77th in a field of nearly 3,000, while Lt Cdr Mike Smith managed to raise £200 for Help for Heroes. The others,


Up and down the peaks


EIGHT colleagues from the Air Traffic Control Tower at RNAS Culdrose completed the Three Peaks Challenge in aid of the RNRMC.


The challenge is to climb the three highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales in 24 hours. The team included Lt Cdr Simon Smith, S/Lt Kyle Ross, CPO Mark ‘Cookie’ Cook, PO Paul Hollyoake and Leading Hand Matt Jones. They completed the climbs in 23 hours 37 minutes, despite having a speed restriction of 62mph on their minibus. They were supported by Lt Cdr Al Dale, Lt Cdr Malcolm Goram and Lt Cass Edwards. Lt Cdr Smith said: “Adventurous training is designed to test leadership and fortitude and take people out of their comfort zone. Doing the Challenge ticked all those boxes – and even left room for social activity!”


The team has so far raised £500


for the RNRMC. And a group of aircrew from Culdrose visited the Scilly Isles to help the local Wildlife Trust clean beaches around the islands. The 15 student aircrew and three


instructors from 824 Naval Air Squadron spent three days helping the charity remove rubbish from different beaches and coastlines. They also helped restore some of the historic buildings, including some of the gun emplacements around the World War 1 garrison at Hugh Town. The students, who have recently training on the Merlin


started


Richardson, POs Andy Davis, Jamie McCarthy Smith and Dave Prentice, and LET Mark Harrison all finished their race despite harsh weather and steep hills. And two submarine officers from HM Naval Base Clyde have been raising cash for their local charity, Erskine Hospital, a veterans’ charity which provides medical and nursing care for former members of the Armed Forces.


Lts Mike Howarth and Steve Ross both decided earlier this year they would run the Glasgow Half Marathon, despite not being


CPO Craig running Six from HMS Vengeance port Scottish weather, seasoned training in earnest. the runners, and started


was summed up in one word – “painful!” However they both completed race and raised £500 for


Their fund-raising venture


Erskine, donated by members of the Faslane Flotilla, naval base workers and friends and family. “We were both exhausted but completed the half-marathon in just over two hours,” said Mike. “It was a wonderful result and made all the aches and pains worthwhile.” Mike, 39, and Steve, 35, are


both veteran submariners with the badges to prove it – at the end


of October they were presented with their deterrent pins by Prince William at a ceremony at the naval base. As one of the submariners with the most number of patrols under his belt, Mike’s pin was gold, signifying that he had completed 20 or more patrols – a figure which could add up to as much as eight years under the sea. Steve,


Victorious, is still notching up the hours with five patrols and counting. He was presented with a silver


pin, given to those who have done fewer than 20 patrols on the Vanguard class.


Mk1 helicopter, completed the work with the trust as a command, leadership and management exercise in the early stages of their course.


They will now spend the next 12 months learning to fly and operate the Merlin before joining one of Culdrose’s three frontline Merlin squadrons.


A FUNDRAISING concert at Exeter Cathedral in late November has raised over £20,000 for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust (pictured right). The event,


Cathedral and drew a standing ovation from its audience of more than one thousand. Performed by the Band of the Royal Marines,


Exeter Festival Chorus and mezzo soprano Alison Kettlewell,


concert featured a range of music including the premier of Eternal Voices.


This piece was written in collaboration by Dorset poet and lyricist Ben Kaye and composer Adam Gorb. Ben


researching the words to celebrate the return of the Royal Marines from Afghanistan and to commemorate the fallen, including time with the family of Lt John Thornton RM who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2008. Ben said: “John’s war diary


spent many months sold Exeter Exeter hears eternal voices


world premier of Eternal Voices, completely


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Academic marathon


STUDENTS from Bristol University raised nearly £500 for the RNRMC with a marathon relay from Bath to Bristol. The students, all member of


Bristol University Royal Naval Unit, started their run in Bath and took it in turns to run legs of the course, which took them through Saltford, Keynsham, up to the University of the West of England and down to their unit on Bristol university’s campus. Mid Simon Priestley, who organised the run, said: “Everyone had a great day out and enjoyed the run, despite us running through some ‘interesting’ parts of Bristol! Our next physical challenge is the Bath Half Marathon in 2011 – bring it on!”


From combats to catwalk


FRESH from their recent service in Afghanistan, Servicemen from RNAS Yeovilton climbed out of their combats and took out their No 1 Bravos (medals, negative swords) and mess undress to turn supermodel for the evening. The charity fashion show


was the brainwave of Elizabeth Everitt, from Quartet Community Foundation. The other charities to benefit were the RNRMC and Help for Heroes. The clothes were provided by Debenhams and the show was held in the splendid Assembly Rooms, in Bath. CSgt Pete Wooldridge, from the Commando Helicopter Force, who was one of the models, said: “We don’t do this sort of thing very often but it was one of those occasions that made you proud to wear your uniform. “The warmth and appreciation of the audience was remarkable.” The evening raised more than £5,000 for the charities. Elizabeth Everitt said: “The whole evening was absolutely stunning and it was wonderful to see all the Servicemen in uniform. It really brought it home to the audience what a tremendous job they do, as well as their sense of fun – they put everything into the evening.”


FOSTies drop in to help


KIND-HEARTED sailors from Flag Officer Sea Training in Clyde Naval Base volunteered to help out at Jigsaw’s drop-in centre, in Helensburgh, which provides help and support to children with special needs. The team of 11 sailors spent three days redecorating, shifting piles of junk, and digging out rubble from the garden. Afterwards they brought gifts for the children and their families. LS Karl Savage approached bosses at FOST’s Submarine Command Team Trainer to ask permission to help the charity during his free time. “My wife Kirsty works for


Sailors get back to nature


SAILORS from HMS Collingwood (pictured above) cleared a patch of ground at a school in Fareham to make it ready for a biodiversity garden.


The idea of the garden, at Redlands Primary School, is to teach the children about recycling and wormeries and encourage hedgehogs and other wildlife. And officer cadets from Campbeltown Division at Dartmouth spent a day clearing the grounds at St John’s Primary School, in Totnes.


The team of 23 cadets from


Britannia Royal Naval College relaid paths, cleared a stream and covered boardwalks with chicken wire to create a safer surface. St John’s operates as a Forest


School, which aims to educate its pupils out of doors as much as possible.


Maintaining the site takes a lot of hard work, and Janet Raby, a staff member, said: “It was a huge help to the school. “All the cadets worked with such enthusiasm and good humour and simply got so much done.”


was inspirational, and his entirely realistic appreciation of ‘rolling the dice’ and ‘the numbers game’ of war was particularly chilling. “Having sat in my study night after night trying to distil so many stories into a coherent narrative that could be understood by such a diverse audience, the evening itself finally revealed that I had indeed struck a chord for The Forgotten. “For me, the success of the in the


work was not


capacity crowd nor in the standing ovation, but in the very precious time during the concert in which I was reunited with those bereaved families.


“Those moments meant more to me than anything. I will never forget them.”


hoping to reprise Eternal Voices this year, and a live recording of the concert will be available on CD.


The poet and composer are Picture: PO(Phot) Burn sell-out


Jigsaw and I have met a few of the children who use their services. I knew the lads at work would be willing to provide some manpower to help refurbish the centre as it’s a good cause and a few of the children are from naval families,” said Karl.


Voices of


St Dunstan’s A CHARITY concert in Brighton in December raised money for St Dunstan’s, the charity that helps blind and partially-sighted military veterans. The evening featured


performances by the Brighton Welsh Male Choir and Roedean School choir and orchestra. The audience enjoyed festive carols as well as performances of Elgar’s The Snow at St George’s Church, Kemptown, with money from ticket sales going to support St Dunstan’s work.


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