Red Nose Day marked at local HMS bases

By Connor Steel

KIND-HEARTED staff across HMS Collingwood and HMS Sultan hosted a series of fundraising events last Friday (March 18) to raise money for Red Nose Day (Comic Relief); joining the millions of people across the UK helping out the charitable cause with fun activities in schools, offices and at home.

Collingwood enjoys red nose treats

Personnel at HMS Collingwood were again treated to some tasty sweet treats baked by their Catering Services Shore Employment Team (CSSET) team, as a bake sale was organised and held to raise funds with regular visitors to their stall throughout the day.

Tempting homemade cakes on offer including Victoria sponges and fresh cupcakes that had been created by various members of the CSSET team in the build-up. All monies raised have been sent to Comic Relief, although the total figure is unknown at the time of writing.

Wearing red to celebrate the charitable day of fundraising, Jessica Jones was keen to help raise funds for the charity and was pivotal to organising this successful event. She said, “I took the lead in this because I wanted to help such a worthy cause. It’s been great fun to do!”

Commanding Officer Captain Catherine Jordan was also keen to visit the event and praised the staff involved saying, “It is fantastic to support such a great cause and my thanks go to the team for their exceptional effort on top of their usual busy jobs.”

Fun run in soggy Sultan conditions

Whilst staff in Fareham were treated to cake and treats, those at HMS Sultan joined together to complete a charity fun run on a course which included an off-road trek alongside a slip and slide round Fort Rowner; 290 runners taking part in the rain.

Physical Training Instructor Joe Collin who helped organise the run last Friday, said in a press release: “Physical training is an important part of military life and we’re really happy that we’ve been able to show our support for Comic Relief by hosting the fun run today.”

He continued: “it allows the trainees to have fun whilst exercising, which in turns helps the Mental and physical fitness of the recruits.  It’s been raining from start to finish, which added to the soapy slip and slides, but it’s been a lot of fun and everyone has really into the spirit of things, for a worthy cause.”

Red Nose Day is a charitable event featuring of many activities aimed at raising funds for both UK and worldwide good causes; with live tele-marathons and appeal nights starting in 1988. At the time of writing the total for 2022 stands as a total of £42.8 million according to the BBC.

PICTURED BY KEITH WOODLAND (CROWN COPYRIGHT: Fundraising team at HMS Collingwood with Commander Terry Tyack and Commander Penny Freeman giving their support.