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Mayor rewards naval engineer for voluntary work

21 May 2019
A young naval engineer, on promotion course at training establishment HMS Collingwood in Fareham, has been recognised for his ‘tremendous input and commitment’ combating loneliness through volunteering at a local nursing home.

Leading Engineering Technician (Weapons Engineering) Daniel Harrison, 21, from Newcastle was awarded the Mayor’s Award at the mayor making ceremony in Fareham.

Daniel, who is currently studying on the LET WE Promotion course at HMS Collingwood ahead of his deployment to HMS Kent later in the year, received his award for volunteering at a local nursing home for the elderly.

He said, "I saw a television programme which highlighted how older people can suffer from loneliness and I wanted to do something to help." He approached the staff of Tudor Lodge Nursing Home, near HMS Collingwood, who were delighted to welcome him. Since then he has visited the residents whenever his studies allow, helping out at events or just sitting with the residents, many of whom are ex-military and sharing stories of their experiences.

I cannot thank him enough for all the help he gives us, he is truly loved by the residents and they all look forward to his visits.

Jannette Broxton, Tudor Lodge’s Activities Co-ordinator

On Valentine’s Day, he served a celebration dinner to the residents in uniform, giving each of the ladies a single red rose. Tudor Lodge’s Activities Co-ordinator Jannette Broxton said, “Dan is a credit to the Royal Navy. He regularly volunteers here and has shown tremendous input and commitment. I cannot thank him enough for all the help he gives us, he is truly loved by the residents and they all look forward to his visits. And our Falklands veteran especially thinks he is wonderful!"

Daniel joined the Royal Navy in 2016 after being employed at Washington Metalworks and has served on HMS Somerset and HMS Montrose visiting Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark. In his spare time, Daniel enjoys rock climbing, mountaineering, gym, skiing, DIY, gardening and home renovation.

Speaking of his award, Daniel said, "I am thrilled to be chosen for the award which is completely unexpected."

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