Leading Writer Pete Armstrong of 814 Naval Air Squadron planned a comedy night at RNAS Culdrose to bring some winter cheer to the air station late last year and raise some money for charity. 

The night was very successful with a total of £1,000 raised and split between two charities, The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and The Seahawk Theatre Club. 

“The amount we raised has gone well beyond what I expected from the outset,” said Pete. “In all, we raised more than a thousand pounds, which we are dividing £500 to the RNRMC and the rest will go to the Theatre club.”

Pete had contacted the British Armed Forces Foundation, who regularly travel and put together entertainment shows for deployed Units on operations in Afghanistan or anywhere where the British Military serve. “They were pretty keen to come down to Cornwall when I called them up, and we even got some sponsorship from `Rebel Brewery’ a local brewer, included a few barrels for us to sell. Everyone really enjoyed the night and got behind us.”

Even the comedians were impressed and one commented that it was, “a great venue and really nice to put on a show for the guys and their families back in the UK.”

The success of the event has got the sailors at Culdrose wanting more and Pete is now being asked to organise another comedy night this year. “People have really got an appetite now and I’m constantly being asked to get them down again for an even bigger night with even bigger comedians.”

We owe huge thanks to all who took part in this comedy and especially to Pete for organising it. The Charity rely on fundraising efforts, such as this comedy night, in order to award regular grants to Royal Navy bases and ships including a large grant made to RNAS Culdrose in 2015 that went towards building a brand new indoor climbing wall this year which you can read more about here