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Albion helps prepare new children's hospice in Liverpool

You can't beat a cuppa after a spot of hard graft.

Sailors from HMS Albion take a break from helping to restore an old monastery on Merseyside so it can care for dying youngsters and their families.

A team from the assault ship headed up the A38, M5, M6 and M62 to West Derby on the eastern edge of Liverpool to help the folk from Claire House Children's Hospice.

The hospice provides specialist care and support to seriously and terminally-ill children - and is one of the assault ship's chosen charities.

We're incredibly proud to support such an important children's charity

Capt Tim Neild RN

With Albion mothballed for several years, so the affiliation was put on hold, but with the ship now fully crewed up and about to return to sea to resume duties, the link with the hospice has been restored.

The Claire House Liverpool Hub - close to the world-famous Alder Hey Children's Hospital - is due to open this summer, with the hospice team relying on donations and volunteers to ready the building.

"The crew worked really hard to help us renovate the space, so that even more local children and families can receive support from the hospice," said the hospice's community fundraising manager Amanda Mitchell.

"We're really looking forward to being more involved with the ship over the coming years and wish them the best of luck with their return to sea in the summer."

Albion's Commanding Officer Capt Tim Neild said he was more than happy to spare some of his ship's company for a few days' work in Liverpool.

"We're incredibly proud to support such an important children's charity. The staff do amazing work to support the incredibly-brave children and their families.

"My crew and I will continue to do the best we can to raise money and support future initiatives."

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