Royal Navy medics take on stretcher challenge

The stretcher-carrying team make their way across the course at HMS Collingwood

The stretcher-carrying team make their way across the course at HMS Collingwood

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ROYAL Navy medical teams went head to head in a stretcher challenge to raise cash for memorial to medics who have been killed.

When Royal Navy Medical Services Warrant Officer 1 Peter Duncan realised there was no memorial at the National Arboretum to remember personnel lost from the branch, he set his mind on having one established.

Medical Assistants Tom Austin and Amy Jones from HMS Sultan in Gospor came up with the idea of a stretcher challenge in a bid to raise the money needed. It involved carrying a stretcher across the assault course at the Royal Naval Leadership Academy at HMS Collingwood without letting it touch the floor.

MA Austin said: ‘With such interest we are now looking to hold an annual event and hope to invite other units from the south to compete.’

More than £1,000 towards the £20,000 needed for the memorial was raised on the day.

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