HMS Raleigh test their fitness for charity

19 October 2018

HMS Raleigh recently completed a fundraising event for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) during which they raised £1142.93.

Leading Physical Trainer Damon Bell came up with the idea to cover the distance from HMS Raleigh to Twickenham, a total of 221 miles, on a treadmill or spinning bike. The Naval Base took on the challenge as part of the RNRMC's Twickenham 100 fundraising campaign. The campaign runs during the build-up to the annual Army vs Navy Rugby match which is held at Twickenham.

HMS Raleigh and LPT Bell encouraged personnel on the base to help raise funds for the RNRMC, which has supported the establishment for many years.

The training base, which is situated in Torpoint, staged the event in the gymnasium foyer. Staff had the option to book in 20-minute slots for either the treadmill or spinning bike. The Commanding Officer, Captain Ellie Ablett, opened the event and Commander David Martin closed it, with both taking part.

AB Michelle Walters covered the most distance with a remarkable 100km on the bike and WO Mark Mullen completed 40km on the bike in 60 minutes as part of his training for the Cornwell VC Bike Ride which he is taking part between 12th and 24th May. In total, 56 personnel took part in the event.

LPT Bell said:

“The day went very well with all personnel buying into the spirit and helping raise a great amount for charity.”

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity would like to thank LPT Bell and all personnel at HMS Raleigh who took part in the challenge. Money raised will continue to fund the vital work we do in supporting the wider naval family.