A group of enthusiastic marine engineering trainees from HMS Sultan will begin a 100-mile walk today to raise funds for The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC).
Jamie Cunning, Ross Shand, Ben Drinkwater and Joshua Rhodes will begin the four-day trip at Milngavie, near Glasgow, and then they will take the 96-mile West Highland Way to Fort William.
The trainees will then carry on along an additional stretch of paths to reach the top of Britain’s highest peak Ben Nevis.
Engineering technician Jamie, who is on summer leave, said: ‘We got talking and as we all like walking we thought it would be a good thing to do for charity.
‘We all learned about the RNRMC when we joined the Navy and have seen and heard many good things.
‘The charity do a lot for Naval personnel both past and present and this is a good way for us to raise awareness of the charity amongst our friends and family.
‘It’s a pretty impressive part of the world and with Ben Nevis being the biggest mountain in the UK, it will be the perfect location to finish at.’
The team of four is made up equally of Scotsmen and Englishmen and throughout their training all have remained proud of their roots.
Ross said: ‘Both Jamie and I are from Aberdeenshire and although we hadn’t met before deciding to join the Navy, we have been proudly waving the flag for Scotland since and it’s been great to have each other’s support during training.
‘Hopefully the walk will really push us to our limits and we can raise as much money as possible.
‘With our two friends coming from England there will be some friendly banter during the walk, but we will all help each other out to get through it.
‘We see our challenge as a way to give back to the charity through using one of the most important skills that the Royal Navy has taught us and that’s teamwork.’
Initially setting a fundraising target of just £500, the trainees have already raised more than £1,600 ahead of the walk.
To make a donation go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/thesuperseamen