Sailors pitch in to help make school shipshape

ALL SMILES AB Matty Ette (L) And LH Lee Burton with pupils

ALL SMILES AB Matty Ette (L) And LH Lee Burton with pupils

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KIND-HEARTED sailors have given up their time to give a school a fresh liick of paint.

Portsmouth-based HMS Richmond is on a visit to South Africa.

VISITING LH Lee Burton (L) and AB Carl Brazier at Ukhanyo Primary School. Picture: L(Phot) Gaz Weatherston

VISITING LH Lee Burton (L) and AB Carl Brazier at Ukhanyo Primary School. Picture: L(Phot) Gaz Weatherston

While in Cape Town, 12 servicemen and women from the ship went ashore to put their skills to good use.

They painted the walls, cleaned, and carried 
out basic maintenance at 
the Ukhanyo Primary School.

Able Seaman Michaela Fell, from Portsmouth, is on her first deployment with the Royal Navy and was among the group who went to the school.

She said: ‘It felt like such an achievement helping at this community school.

‘The children who we were working with absolutely loved it.

‘They got really involved with the painting.

‘At the end, we shared out our packed lunches.

‘It seemed to make a real difference to the kids, who enjoyed our crisps and chocolate.

‘It was a really great day.’

Despite the school having small premises, there are around 1,500 pupils, up to the age of 15, squeezed into the classrooms.

HMS Richmond is currently on the Royal Navy’s South Atlantic Patrol tasking.

The role sees the frigate undertaking maritime security operations, including counter narcotics and anti-piracy patrols.

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