Mine Warfare Battle Staff support Naomi House & Jacksplace on latest deployment

Navy Group

Navy Group, the Mine Warfare Battle Staff (Red Watch) have chosen to support Naomi House & Jacksplace on their latest deployment!

We spoke to Leading Hand, James Oakley, who shared with us their plans for fundraising whilst on board Royal Fleet Auxiliary Ship, RFA Cardigan Bay.

“Our team leaves in early November for 6 months and we all agreed that we wanted to be able to raise funds for a great local cause during that time. On behalf of a team of 16 of us it is quite an honour for me, so I am really hoping to be able to smash the target of £2,500 and provide for a brilliant cause.”

What will you be doing to fundraise on board?

“We will be climbing the equivalent of the Mariana trench, the deepest known part of the ocean floor, which is 2km higher than Mount Everest, in one day! This will (hopefully) be our big fundraiser, and I will look to build up to this event. I am hoping to do something with the other ships in the region, but with current COVID restrictions, this may be challenging. In addition, we will have weekly ‘stand easy’, which is effectively a coffee break together where we will sell donuts, cakes etc. to raise funds. I am also looking to run some regular social events on ship, for example, darts nights, quizzes and hopefully a couple of BBQs on the upper deck!”

Navy ship

What does the support mean from friends and family back home?

“Support from friends and family has already been brilliant. Trying to get the message back home from halfway round the world can be a challenge, but I am very lucky to have great support who can help me spread the message and help us to fundraise.

I chose Naomi House & Jacksplace as I think the work the charity does is truly admirable. It’s easy to see the big smiles you create on the children’s faces in the face of adversity, and the selfless acts of all the workers is absolutely brilliant. It is a charity me and my family have donated to for a number of years, and will continue to do so!

— James Oakley

We can’t wait to see how the team get on over the next few months! Thank you so much to everyone involved for your incredible support.

Show the Mine Warfare Battle Staff your support by donating via their JustGiving Page here.

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