Operation Downfall helps Royal British Legion

By Matthew Hibberd / Photographs by Kevin Walton

A GROUP of enthusiastic Royal Navy Air Engineering Technicians from HMS Sultan have abseiled 100 metres down the iconic Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth, in aid of the UK’s largest Armed Forces charity, the Royal British Legion, in it’s centenary year.

Raising money under the nickname ‘Operation Downfall’, a total of nine students, who are undergoing Phase 2A training within Royal Naval Air Engineering and Survival Equipment School, completed the challenge along with two Divisional Officers who came along to support.

The event was organised by AET Adie Harris in memory of his grandfather Rodger Harris. A Royal Navy veteran, Rodger was also a champion and regular fundraiser for the RBL in the family’s hometown of Corby, Northamptonshire.

Adie said: “I chose to support the Royal British Legion in this fundraiser as my grandad, who was ex Royal Navy, heavily supported them. He sadly passed away while I was in Basic Training at Raleigh, so this is my way of honouring him. I am so glad to have the support of my class. The RBL supports people from right across the Armed Forces community, including veterans and their families, so anything we raise will go to a really good cause.”

Claire Smith, Community Fundraiser for Hampshire & the Isle of Wight at the Royal British Legion said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to all those who completed this daring challenge to help raise funds for the RBL. This generous support will enable us to create better futures for the Armed Forces community, not just today but for the century to come.”