A team of sailors from Britain’s largest warship were delighted to hand over a cheque for £7,451.43 to Mr Bill Thomas, Chairman of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, raised on behalf of their gruelling 500 miles bike ride from Edinburgh to London earlier this year. 

Receiving the cheque, during his visit to Rosyth, the charity's Chairman said: "It has been an honour to celebrate the achievements of the HMS Queen Elizabeth charity cyclists here in Rosyth.

"The fundraising efforts of her Ship's Company know no bounds and we're proud to be the affiliated charity of the carrier. Thanks to their ongoing support we are able to ensure every generation of the Ship's Company are supported throughout their lives."

As the principal charity of the Royal Navy, this charity provides extensive support to sailors, marines and their families, for life. Last year alone it gave £7.6 million to people most in need including serving personnel, veterans and their families.

"Biggest" charity achievement to date

The 20-strong cycle team which included the Senior Naval Officer of HMS Queen Elizabeth, Captain Simon Petitt, and five industry colleagues from the Aircraft Carrier Alliance covered the distance between the ship's two affiliated cities, Edinburgh and the City of London, in just five days.

Team captain, Petty Officer Michael 'Mini'Cooper said: "This is by far the cycle team's biggest ahcievement to date. We are extremely proud to have raised such a large sum of money for a very worthy charity and one that is close to our heart."

The two future aircraft carriers of the Royal Navy, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales, are currently being built in Rosyth. These ships will deliver fighting power at sea and over land, and will be powerful ambassadors for Britain on the global stage, symbolising the Nation in both steel and spirit.