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Article from section published on February 25, 2015

Jungles Dig Deep

Engineers and aircrew from 845 Naval Air Squadron have raised £625 for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s Fund. In a presentation at RNAS Yeovilton, the cheque was handed to Clare Scherer, the Assistant Director of the Children’s Fund.

The Children’s Fund was set up over 100 years ago, starting as orphanages, and now supports over 2000 children a year with needs ranging from bereavement to illness and disabilities. The Fund provides specialist equipment, respite care and an emergency grant scheme for children of RN personnel.

Clare Scherer explained, “Every penny raised makes a real difference to the lives of the children who have a parent who has been fighting for their country and supporting us and all the money raised goes direct to the children because our investments cover all admin costs.

Thank you so much to Larry Lambert and the whole squadron for raising this money for us, we are very grateful for their support.”

The Squadron held it’s Christmas party just prior to departing on leave for the festive period. During the event a raffle was held in order to raise money for the Children’s Fund, with prizes donated from generous companies across the country.

Having recently returned from Afghanistan, and other deployments around the world, this was the first Christmas for eleven years that 845 NAS had not been deployed on operational commitments. For those who had just returned from overseas, the Christmas party was a perfect opportunity to catch up with friends and return to normal life.

Presenting the cheque to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s Fund, CPO ‘Larry’ Lambert said,

“The party presented the ideal opportunity to raise money for the, often over looked, little members of the Royal Navy. The night was a great success and enjoyed by all. I am very grateful to all the companies that very kindly donated the fantastic prizes, and would like to thank all members of the Squadron for their generous donations to this worthy cause.”

845 NAS will be departing RNAS Yeovilton later this year to begin their transition to the Merlin helicopter at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire. The Squadron will return to Yeovilton in 2016 when all three Commando Helicopter Force Squadrons will be reunited in one location.



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Article from section published on February 25, 2015

Running for Charity!

Helen proudly completes the Brighton Half Marathon

Helen proudly completes the Brighton Half Marathon

Helen Inskip Brighton half marathon


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Many thanks to Caroline Musto who also ran the Brighton Half Marathon for the Children’s Fund in a very impressive time of 2:17:13 and raised us a wonderful £426.

Many thanks to Caroline Musto who also ran the Brighton Half Marathon for the Children’s Fund in a very impressive time of 2:17:13 and raised us a wonderful £426.

The Brighton Half Marathon took place this Sunday and the Children’s Fund had two runners Caroline Musto and Helen Inskip raising money for the Fund. Well done and huge thanks to them and all the 12,500 that took part. It was a great morning, we were there with Jamie O’Meara and Ellie O’Meara helping give out the medals to all the runners.

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Article from section published on January 23, 2015

HMS Collingwood PTI’s Cycle for Epilepsy

RNRM Childrens Fund cycle Charity Cycle Finish

Members of HMS Collingwood’s PT staff participated in a charity cycle named Exercise Coastal Passage. This was the brain child of one of the members of HMS Collingwood’ PT staff LPT Cole and was something that he wanted to do after the loss of his 5 year old son earlier in the year due to Epilepsy. The aim was to raise awareness Epilepsy and raise funds for RNRM charity, RNRM Children’s Fund, Royal Navy Benevolent Fund and SUDEP Action.
600,000 people are estimated to have Epilepsy in the UK, and the team decided to cycle 1 metre for every person. This was conveyed on a map of the UK and Dover to Falmouth was decided as the route for the challenge. Also, the South Coast would be the better option with regards to weather as winter was just rounds the corner.
The death of LPT Cole’s son impacted not only on close family and friends but also his work colleagues. When he proposed the plan to close members of the HMS Collingwood PT Dept, they did not hesitate to get involved. CPO Leona Young, LPT Ian Robinson and LPT Dwayne Hinds decided to join the ride.
They travelled 150km (93 miles) per day with stops at Brighton, Salisbury, Exeter and Plymouth. They didn’t really anticipate how tough the challenge would be. The first day, Dover to Brighton was a rude awakening. Heading out of Dover was tough but a lovely cycle along the sunny sea front. A quick stop for a cake and coffee in Hastings was a little bit of a mistake as they found out that cake is not the best fuel for the body when you are doing an endurance challenge like this. One of the lads (LPT Robinson) started to feel the pace and got a little disorientated and turned a little white. He was promptly taken to the support van, fuelled up and continued the rest of the Cycle.

The diet was addressed for the second day (Brighton to Salisbury) with a lot of sugary sweats, nuts and about 10 litres of water. Again the team was treated with a lovely sunny day along the beautiful south coast with a quick morale stop in HMS Collingwood to meet family and friends. The third day Salisbury to Exeter (judgement day as it was known) was emotional, Hills on Hills on Hills on Hills. They anticipated that this day would be the toughest day and it didn’t disappoint. They were tackling hills more suited to the Tour De France, but they cracked on as a group with a smile on their faces and just peddled through the pain. When the days got tough they all supported and motivated one another with Clubz’s motivational input’s (stop winging like a girl and let’s crack on). 

After completing the challenge, there was a mixture of emotions, Happiness and relief that the challenge is over because it was so tough, appreciation and gratitude for all the people that sponsored the team. The team are proud of the achievement as they all worked really hard to complete the challenge.

Article from section published on August 12, 2014

Charity Rugby match in Gibraltar on 27 Sep 14

To commemorate the 350th Anniversary of the formation of the Royal Marines a charity rugby match has been organised in Gibraltar, the Corps first major battle honour, between Gibraltar anf the Royal Marines RFC. As a warm up there will also be a Gibraltar Veterans XV versus a Royal Marines Invitation XV which willl feature serving and former Royal Marines and Royal Navy players as well as former International players such as Colin Charvis (Wales, British & Irish LIons)), Paul Sackey (England), Leigh B Davies (Wales), Paul Sampson (England) and many more. The aim of the inaugral ‘Gibraltar Bowl’ is to raise not only funds for the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Children’s Fund but just as importantly to raise awreness of the work carried out by the charity.

It is hoped that this will be an enduring event beyond the 350th anniversary.

If anybody wishes to buy a replica, bespoke playing shirt (loose fit) they can be purchased through this link where £5 from each shirt sold will go towards RMCTF and RNRMCF


You can download the poster here for more information

Gibraltar rugby poster

Article from section published on June 10, 2014

Pedalling from Plymouth to Portsmouth

Sam Coleman and Ben Wansborough will be cycling from HMNB Devonport, Plymouth to HMS Victory, Portsmouth in aid of the RNRM Children’s Fund. The route will take us along the coastal commuter route between the dockyard cities and we shall stop off over night in Dorchester, Dorset.

In 2012, my daughter became very ill, very suddenly and after admission to hospital she was diagnosed with a bleed on the brain. She was just 4 weeks old at the time. She was transferred to Bristol Royal Children’s Hospital where she spent 6 weeks in a medically induced coma on the Intensive Care Unit. Without the aid of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s Fund, my partner and I would not have been able to stay in Bristol to support our daughter. They provided us with funds so that we could be accommodated in Bristol, in close proximity to the hospital.
My Just Giving™ page can be found here
There is a Facebook™ page here where I will be posting updates of my preparation and progress.

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