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50-mile charity walk launched in Gosport mums memory

Pictured: Helen Bulbeck from Brainstrust is pictured at Trinity Landing, Isle of Wight, with Jon Jones and his children, 14-year-old Adrienne and 12-year-old Isaac.

The family of a Gosport woman who died of a brain tumour in 2016 have helped the Isle of Wight-based charity she supported to launch a two-day, 50-mile fundraising walk around the island.

 

Jon Jones, his 14-year-old daughter Adrienne and 12-year-old son Isaac, from Lee-on-Solent, Gosport, joined Helen Bulbeck, co-founder and director of services at brainstrust, to launch the charitys third Follow the Seagulls two-day walk, which starts on 1 April and will cover a 50-mile route around the Isle of Wight.

 

Mum Jo Jones, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2010, took part in the 2016 Follow the Seagulls walk. She died last summer.

 

Adrienne Jones said: "Mum really enjoyed the walk. It was a challenge for all of us, but it felt good afterwards. I w

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Portsmouth Historic Dockyard will be celebrating the Armed Forces this weekend with a series of free and family-friendly events.

Hosted by the National Museum of the Royal Navy, the events are a way of honouring and celebrating British Armed Forces past and present, as well as the cadets of the future.

HMS Daring and HMS Gloucester will be in dock all weekend (10am to 3.30pm). HMS Daring sailed into service last July. The 7,500 tonne ship is longer than 16 double decker buses.

It will also be the last chance to see HMS Gloucester before her decommissioning. This Batch 3 Type 42 destroyer was launched by in 1982, and served with considerable aplomb in the first Gulf war.

Back on dry ground, between 2pm to 4.30pm on Saturday the dockyard will be transformed into a 1940’s style street party (minus overhead enemy planes), complete with a wartime tea, jazz music, and lindy hop dancing.

There will be a chance to speak to the veterans themselves, to hear their stories and reminisce about days gone by.

On Sunday between 11am and 4.30pm there is an open invitation to celebrate the centenary of The National Museum of the Royal Navy.

And if further incentive was required, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard will be offering a 25 per cent discount on all tickets purchased in the visitor centre over the weekend.

For further information on the weekend please visit historicdockyard.co.uk/armedforces or call (023) 9283 9766.

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