Four Royal Navy sailors will be flown in a Lynx helicopter into Newcastle and dropped off on top of the Royal Victoria Infirmary on Monday 23rd March to begin a UK-wide fundraising challenge for The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC).

The drop off location is unknown to the sailors from 815 Squadron, at Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton, who will have limited resources and have to use their initiative to return to their base in Ilchester, Somerset, five days later, on Friday 25 March.

En route, they will attempt to raise money for RNRMC by completing a series of ‘challenges’ set by members of the public or their Service colleagues, and through support given via the RNRMC ‘Virgin Giving’ webpage ( or text message (text ‘Navy’ to 70500 to give £5).

Unwitting team

The team is formed by Lieutenant Danielle Welch (30), Petty Officer Stuart McAllister (35), Leading Aircraft Engineering Technician Billy Evans (26) and Aircraft Engineering Technician Kelly Turner (21).

From Newcastle, they will have to complete a challenge set by Virgin Trains East Coast to be able to get on board a train that will take them to York.

Lt Cdr Pete Higgins, Senior Pilot 815 Naval Air Squadron, said: “After being dropped off by helicopter somewhere in the UK anything could happen, but the challenge will help RNRMC, as the principal charity of the Royal Navy, to maintain their extraordinary support to Navy personnel and our families.”

Information on the team’s progress can be found on Facebook – 815 Squadron Return to Base Challenge and on Twitter (@815RTB), where members of the public can also set challenges or pledge their support.

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