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CHARITIES have received a share of £24,000 raised from this year’s HMS Sultan Summer Show.

The 26 delighted groups were each presented with a cheque yesterday at the Wardroom in the Gosport base, off Military Road.

HMS Sultan's Commanding Officer Captain Gulley presents a ceremonial cheque for over �24,000 raised at the base's Summer Show to the Mayor and Mayoress of Gosport and Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage.

HMS Sultan's Commanding Officer Captain Gulley presents a ceremonial cheque for over �24,000 raised at the base's Summer Show to the Mayor and Mayoress of Gosport and Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage.

And for the Hardway Brownies and Guides it means they are one step closer to getting settled.

The group, which numbers around 80 youngsters, lost its home when the Gosport and District Sports Club for the Disabled hall was damaged in a fire in November.

As reported, GADSAD is now on track to have the hall rebuilt.

Maz Francis is divisional commander for Gosport North and part of 5th Hardway Guides.

She said: ‘It means a lot to us, we can buy things right down to pens and pencils, chairs, tables and stuff for our kitchen. Believe me, we need all of those things.’

Her colleague Clair Allen is Brown Owl at 6 Hardway Brownies.

She said: ‘All of our resources were lost in the fire, so when the hall is rebuilt, which should be very soon, all of the money will go to new resources to help the girls get their badges.’

Caroline Fielder, of Elson Youth Orchestra, received £500 on behalf of the group.

She said: ‘The orchestra plays at the Sultan Summer Show every year. It’s been really successful.

‘We’re growing from strength to strength. We’ve recently introduced brass instruments as well as the string ones.

‘The money will go towards new instruments and to the teaching of the students in the orchestra.’

Captain Trevor Gulley is the commanding officer of HMS Sultan, which raised the cash from its annual show in June.

He said he was delighted to hand out the cash to the charities in Gosport.

He said: ‘It’s a very humbling experience, when you donate a sum of £500 to see the difference it’s going to make to some of the local charitable organisations.

‘It’s an extremely humbling experience if I’m honest and it’s one that we’re determined to continue to support.’

The Mayor of Gosport Cllr John Beavis received a donation for his three charitable causes and Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage was present at afternoon event.