The Second Sea Lord, Vice Admiral Jonathan Woodcock OBE, kicked-off HMS Excellent’s Road to Twickenham fundraising campaign for The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity ahead of this year’s Army v Navy rugby fixture on 9 May.

Over 40 sailors at the Naval Headquarters on Whale Island, Portsmouth took part in the fundraiser, which challenges everyone – no matter their level of fitness – to traverse the equivalent distance of their workplace, ship, unit or even local sports club to Twickenham Stadium, TW2 7BA, before the big game.

The challenge, which took place on 27 April, saw both naval and civilian units cycling, rowing and doing ‘step ups’ to make up the 70 miles from HMS Excellent to Twickenham. Charity staff also got in on the action, led by CEO Robert Robson.

Organising the fundraiser, Royal Marine Physical Trainer Corporal Matthew Edwards said: “This event is all about engaging personnel to do something for their charity whilst also keeping up their commitment to physical development.

“The charity has been good to us, helping us make improvements around the gym, which is getting busier all the time.

“It’s been a great motivator for the guys to have such a high-profile endorsement at the challenge from the Second Sea Lord and we’re all really looking forward to raising more cash at the big game itself.”

Photo by LA(PHOT) Keith Morgan; ©UK MOD CROWN COPYRIGHT, 2015

In total, seven teams raised funds for The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, which regularly makes substantial contributions to Service Personnel and families. The work of the organisation will also be recognised following as part of its Charity of the Day status at the sell-out Army v Navy match.

Members of the public can donate to the Charity’s Road to Twickenham campaign, or join up, at

Share your journey with the Charity on social media #RTT15, or contact [email protected] for more information.

Photo: Second Sea Lord Vice Admiral Jonathan Woodcock OBE addresses the teams. LA(PHOT) Keith Morgan; ©UK MOD CROWN COPYRIGHT, 2015