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New frigate’s crew show support for Glasgow schoolchildren

9 February 2024
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School children across Glasgow will benefit from the generosity and physical efforts of the city’s own warship.

Sailors from the new Type 26 frigate dropped in on St Monica’s Primary School in Milton to hand over the fruits of their recent labours: £1,600 – which amounts to about £50 per sailor.

The cash was raised through HMS Glasgow’s ‘shop’ which sells themed merchandise - and by PO Colin Chalmers who was sponsored when he took part in the Ambleside 50km run.

The money will go to local mental health charity, Place 2 Be, which supports Glasgow children in their school years and also provides resources for parents and carers.

Five of Glasgow’s ship’s company – Senior Naval Officer Commander Phil Burgess, Weapon Engineer Officer Commander Alex Higgins, Warrant Officer 1 Darran Sullivan, Glasgow’s Executive Warrant Officer, writer Petty Officer Hayden Palmer and Leading Engineering Technician Harry Taggart – made the short trip from Scotstoun, where the frigate is being completed, to Milton on the northern outskirts of the city where they were warmly welcomed.

 
Supporting charities and fundraising for worthy causes like Place 2 Be is a key part of HMS Glasgow’s identity and connecting with the local community.

Commander Phil Burgess

“The children sang us a welcome song and gave us a couple of hand-drawn welcome signs which are now proudly displayed in the tea boat area,” said Hayden.

The ship’s donation will be shared among three schools: St Monica’s, plus Oakwood Primary School and St Bartholomew’s.

“Supporting charities and fundraising for worthy causes like Place 2 Be is a key part of HMS Glasgow’s identity and connecting with the local community,” said Commander Burgess.

"The challenges of mental health cannot be underestimated and it is vital we ensure that younger generations receive the support they require during this crucial period in their lives. Hopefully our donation will make a difference.”

 

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