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Collingwood officers dig in to help GVA allotment

A SMALL TEAM consisting of Royal Navy and Royal New Zealand Navy Officers have taken time out from their ongoing System Engineering and Management Course at HMS Collingwood to help Gosport Voluntary Action’s latest project in a specially organised event last week.

Every month the team aim to carry out volunteering at a community project and were keen to help GVA members with their ongoing ‘Community Spirit’ scheme; which aims to help people learn new skills, meet new people, and develop their confidence using a range of activities.

As part of their task, the officers were asked to dig a mobility path to a nearby allotment in the area; which is aimed at improving access to disabled, elderly, or vulnerable people. And under blue and summer skies the team worked hard to complete the dig, using spades and other equipment to undertake the challenge.

After arranging the day held late last week, Sub Lieutenant Alexander Bruce, said in a statement: “We had a great time helping the GVA and hope the new accessibility path will allow more people to enjoy this lovely allotment. Projects like this are vital to ensure that relationships between the Navy and communities are maintained to the highest level.”

According to a press release the System Engineering and Management Course students have since returned back to the classroom at Collingwood as they continue to prepare for their forthcoming assignments as Weapon Engineering Managers at sea.

PICTURED BY SUB LIEUTENANT BRUCE: Officers working hard on the mobility access path to the allotment aimed at improving accessibility to the site.