Mine Warfare Battle Staff complete biggest on board challenge


Mine Warfare Battle staff

Last week, Navy Group, the Mine Warfare Battle Staff (Red Watch), took on their biggest on-board challenge yet to raise money for Naomi House & Jacksplace.

The team scaled and descended the equivalent of 'Challenger Deep', the deepest known point on the earth's sea bed (a mammoth 4,810 flights of stairs) in just one day! On February 5th the 17 members of staff climbed 4,810 flights of stairs between them, to raise money for Naomi House & Jacksplace.

In Autumn 2020, the navy group decided to support Naomi House & Jacksplace on their 6 month deployment on-board Royal Fleet Auxiliary Ship, RFA Cardigan Bay. The team are hoping to smash their fundraising target of £2,500.

We spoke to Leading Hand, James Oakley, who said:


It worked out at about 280 flights of stairs each and we completed it in 4 hours, 5 minutes. A few of us had been training a little more than others, so there were a few sore legs the day after, but everyone agreed it was a good day! We are all happy to be raising money for a great cause and grateful for the support of people donating – thank you!

Check out this video to see the team's performance during this epic challenge.

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The 'Challenger Deep' Challenge 0:53

The group are almost 100 days into their deployment and they are half way towards their target. If you would like to show the Mine Warfare Battle Staff your support and donate towards their incredible fundraising, you can do so via their JustGiving Page here.

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Click below to find out more about the Mine Warfare Battle Staff's plans for fundraising whilst on deployment for Naomi House & Jacksplace.

Navy Group supports Naomi House & Jacksplace