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Sailors tee of for Macmillan

7 July 2016
Recently a team of Royal Navy sailors from HMS Collingwood came together to raise money through a sunrise to sunset golf challenge in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

The team of four set themselves the challenge with the aim of raising funds for the charity in exchange for their relentless efforts. 

The objective of the event, which took place at Skylark Golf and Country Club in Whiteley, was to play 4 consecutive rounds of golf between 6am until 9.30pm, on the longest day of the year. 

With handicaps ranging from 7 to 22, Petty Officer (PO) David Marshal, PO Kristian Hughes, PO Neil Dickinson and PO Matthew Somerville got stuck into the intense challenge, covering 23 miles on foot over the course of 15 hours.

Our colleagues on the establishment have really supported us with this challenge, from baking cakes to donating to and promoting the event

Pety Officer Matthew Somerville, Organiser

Organiser Matthew said of the challenge, “I decided to get involved with this challenge as I task myself to do something for charity at least once a year, when I am on a shore-based draft. It’s a very relatable charity as most of the team we work with have been affected by the disease in some way or another. 

"Our colleagues on the establishment have really supported us with this challenge, from baking cakes to donating to and promoting the event.” 

The team began fundraising through a ‘Just Giving’ page, along with a bake sale which was held in HMS Collingwood’s chaplaincy prior to the challenge, enabling the team to boost the total of charitable donations collected in support of the event. 

The total currently stands at £1009, exceeding the target of £1000.

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