Air school trainees support RSPCA

HMS Sultan Air Engineers. Picture: Paul Jacobs (143055-2)
HMS Sultan Air Engineers. Picture: Paul Jacobs (143055-2)

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ROYAL Navy officers and ratings gave up some of their time to help out at an animal shelter.

The group from the Royal Naval Air Engineering and Survival Equipment School at HMS Sultan in Gosport took up the opportunity for some team building in order to support the Stubbington Ark in Fareham.

The group joined staff and volunteers, pictured right, to help with maintenance projects at the site.

The visit was organised by Sub Lieutenant Daniel Emptage, who had previously volunteered on a similar project with the Royal Navy at Stubbington Ark in 2004.

He said: ‘We came down 10 years ago while on our apprenticeship course and spent a week here as part of our course project and constructed a road for access to their wildlife areas.

‘This time around we tried to come up with some ideas of what we could do above and beyond our course and a community project seemed to be the best option.

‘I had already seen the good work that they do at the Ark so it seemed to be a great choice.’

The group spent two days at the shelter, helping with the animals, which include cats, dogs, rabbits other pets.

They also carried out maintenance tasks, such as repairing roofing and weather proofing stables.

Mr Emptage said: ‘This was a good opportunity for our younger trainees to realise how much can be achieved even with a small number of people and for them to realise how they can make a difference in the local community.’