Sailors raise charity cash

PEDAL POWER HMS Chiddingfold crew member Kieran Kindred takes part in the charity challenge
PEDAL POWER HMS Chiddingfold crew member Kieran Kindred takes part in the charity challenge
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SAILORS serving in HMS Chiddingfold have rowed, run and ridden 6,200 miles for charity.

The 44-strong crew of Chiddingfold, a minehunter which returns to Portsmouth today after three years away, have spent the six-week journey back from the Gulf clocking up the miles on gym equipment.

Donations will be made to the Prostate Project which funds research into prostate cancer.

Executive Officer Lieutenant Matt Brock said: ‘It’s been an immense effort. At times we’ve had horrific conditions as the lads tried to row, run and ride for 14 to 16 hours a day in a big swell. It’s been an arduous test.’

Chiddingfold, which has rotating crews, has raised £1,172 so far in online donations.

Sailors are appealing for more cash at justgiving.com/ hmschiddingfold-challengehome