Jaguar and TV personality Jodie Kidd stepped in to support fifteen sailors from the Royal Navy’s future Flagship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, at London’s Guildhall today. The team had cycled their way from Edinburgh to London, raising in excess of £4,000 for The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity. 

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity is the principal charity of the Royal Navy. It exists to support sailors, marines and their families, for life. Last year it gave £8 million to people most in need including serving personnel, veterans and families

Joined by five industry partners from the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, the 20-strong cycle team set off from Edinburgh Castle on Saturday morning and, after covering 500 miles in just five days, was cheered across the finish line outside the Guildhall by their supporters, including the Lord Mayor of London Alderman Alan Yarrow.

Earlier today they stopped off at the Ministry of Defence to be welcomed by Admiral Sir George Zambellas, First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff, who presented them with donations from their Naval colleagues. 

Jaguar supported the team on the last leg of their epic cycle ride with a bespoke Team Sky Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé support vehicle, driven by Jodie Kidd, to give them a final boost to cross the finish line in full strength. The F-TYPE Coupé acted as a high performance support vehicle for Team Sky during the 2014 Tour De France. 

Jodie Kidd, who is no stranger to driving Jaguar cars, having taken part in memorable driving performances in the 2014 and 2015 Mille Miglia races, said: “It was a privilege to drive the Team Sky Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé and accompany the guys to the finish line. They have worked really hard over the past few days and raised a lot of money for their charity.” 

Captain Simon Petitt, Senior Naval Officer of HMS Queen Elizabeth, said: “It has been a remarkable challenge to cycle between the two affiliated cities of HMS Queen Elizabeth, Edinburgh and London, for The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, which does so much for serving and veteran personnel of the Naval service. I’m really delighted that we have done it, we have achieved it and all of us have got back in pretty much one piece.”

Robert Robson, CEO of The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, said: “The Charity exists to make a difference to the lives of sailors, marines and their families. These guys have made a huge difference to the Charity by doing what they have done and I am hugely impressed. Well done to them all!”

The 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 our Nation in both steel and spirit.