On Saturday 17 December, over 80 people celebrated the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Caribbean Support Network’s Family Christmas Party at the RN Cockleshell Community Centre in Eastney, Portsmouth.

Santa made an appearance and each of the 30 children who attended were given a party bag full of goodies. The event would not have been possible without a generous grant from the RNRMC who were fully behind the event and the community spirit it represented.

The event would not have been possible without a generous grant from the RNRMC who were fully behind the event and the community spirit it represented. 

A home away from home

CPO(ET)(ME) Glevan Robinson, who is serving in HMS Hurworth and who is originally from St  Vincent and the Grenadines, said: "There wasn’t ever anything like this when I first joined the Navy and now that recruiting has started again, we will be able to provide a 'home away from home' for the new guys and make them and their families feel very much part of the wider Naval Community."

Std Fitzbert Alleyne, who is serving in HMS Brocklesby and who comes from Trinidad and Tobago played Santa on the day, he said: "Just to see the look on the kids’ faces as I handed out their presents made all the hard work worthwhile."



Join the Network

The RN & RM Caribbean Support Network was set up in Mar 16 and is designed to provide a 'home away from home' and support Caribbean Service Personnel and their families, many of whom are thousands of miles away from their normal support networks, especially when their Service husbands or wives are deployed.

It is also designed to provide in-service mentors for more junior personnel from within their own community as well as providing a focal point for the two-way exchange of information between personnel and the RNRM for issues unique to the Caribbean diaspora.

If you are interested in joining the Network, more information can be found on their Official Royal Navy Facebook Page, on the Fleet D&I intranet site or by emailing them at [email protected]