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Sultan personnel collect donations for local foodbank

By Matthew Hibberd

HMS SULTAN have continued their outstanding work in the community as they held a foodbank collection in support of the Fareham & Gosport Basics Bank, which took place at the training establishment in Gosport and included personnel from different departments across the site.

Generous donations of food, toiletries and money for essentials were collected by staff / trainees, which will now be put together and forwarded to the Fareham & Gosport Basics Bank as soon as possible. This is a project run by a Christian Charity called ‘Friends of the Homeless’ and is located at Aspect House.

They have helped many individuals and families over recent years during the cost of living crisis and are aiming to continue providing vital support to anybody in the community. Examples include those who are experiencing a short-term crisis or haven’t got enough money to feed themselves / family members; but everybody is welcome no matter the circumstances.

This collection was organised by Chief Petty Officer Jonathan Walsh, who is a Royal Naval Air Engineering and Survival Equipment School (RNAESS) Senior Avionics Instructor at HMS Sultan. He placed a number of collection points across the training establishment and put out information to personnel encouraging them to get involved.

He said: “I got the inspiration for the collection after thinking about the number of people working here and what if I could translate that into everyone giving a single can or something to the foodbank. It’s been good to see the generosity and enthusiasm everyone has shown. Every item donated will make a difference to those in need out in our local community.”

Readers can explore the Fareham & Gosport Basics Bank website by clicking on this link, where they can see information about the charity and the services offered. It further has a list of items that are needed by the food bank and people are asked to support if possible.

PICTURED BY PEPE HOGAN: Chief Petty Officer Jonathan Walsh organised the donations for foodbank to help community.