Sailors on board HMS Lancaster have raised nearly £8,500 for The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) in 2013, hosting numerous fundraising events throughout the year.

Despite HMS Lancaster spending seven months patrolling the Caribbean and successfully seizing £160million of illegal narcotics, she still found time to raise £8471.57 for the ship’s chosen charity.

HMS Lancaster’s efforts ranged from the physically strenuous – such as bike rides and row-a-thons – to the entertaining and fashionable. Their efforts include:

  • ‘Row the Atlantic’ challenge (raising £100)
  • Walking from Portsmouth to London (£400)
  • A bike ride from Portsmouth to Lancaster (£755)
  • Attending the Navy vs Army rugby match at Twickenham and hosting the Premiership Trophy on board (£650)
  • ‘Horse Racing Night’ (£700)
  • ‘Movember’ moustache growing (£250)
  • On-board charity auction (£500+)

Auctioneering

The biggest money raising event of the year however was the ship’s charity auction which saw a wide variety of items up for grabs including signed memorabilia and sports kit. Even the ship’s Executive Warrant Officer (EWO) got involved in the action, allowing crew to (literally) buy the shirt off his back.

Other prizes included the opportunity to take a bath in the Captain’s Cabin (a rare treat indeed); a job swap for the day with the Weapon Engineer Officer (WEO), and a chance to be first person to walk off the ship when it returns home from operations.

Speaking of his pride for the fundraising efforts of his crew, HMS Lancaster’s Commanding Officer, Commander Peter Laughton MBE said: “It is remarkable that with such a busy work-up period and deployment, my ship’s company have managed to raise so much money for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity. I am immensely proud of their hard work and determination.”

Lancaster’s Executive Warrant Officer, Warrant Officer Matt Fisher MSM, who was tasked with raising as much money for the RNRMC as he could this year, added: “It is always good to give something back and enable them [the charity] to carry on with the outstanding work they do for all of us.”

Homecoming

The Portsmouth-based warship is due to return home on Wednesday (December 18). HMS Lancaster will be welcomed back by friends and family of its serving personnel, with elements of the homecoming services funded by monies granted by the RNRMC.