Pulling helicopters was just one way Royal Navy personnel decided to raise money for Children in Need.
Engineers at HMS Sultan in Gosport came together on the parade ground for a series of timed helicopter pulls for the annual charity event.
Organised by members of the Royal Navy Air Engineering and Survival School, teams of 10 from throughout the naval base took it in turns to make timed runs while pulling a Sea King helicopter from one end of the parade ground to the other.
Teams from the Royal Navy Air Engineering and Survival School were also joined by entries from the Defence School of Marine Engineering (DSMarE) and the Executive Department.
Civilian engineers from EDF Energy and Network Rail, based within the Babcock Academy, also went along to watch the event and show their support for all of the teams.
Commander Sophie Shaughnessy, the executive officer of HMS Sultan, says: ‘The support for this event from both the staff and trainees of HMS Sultan has been really fantastic.
‘The helicopter weighs about six tonnes and teamwork, as always, is all important.
‘All of the teams involved got stuck in with plenty of enthusiasm, drive and competitiveness, which is what our training is all about.’
Thirty-three teams of 10 people took part and Team Sumo from the Royal Navy Air Engineering and Survival School ran the fastest time of the day.
They were crowned as winners with a time of just 30.72 seconds.
But civilian staff at HMS Sultan also took part in the fundraising and held a cake sale to support Children in Need.
Commander Shaughnessy adds: ‘Children In Need is a tremendous nationwide effort and we are delighted to be able to show our support with the events we held.’
Paula inspired by family and friends to cut off her locks
Cancer survivor Paula Lamb was inspired by friends and family to have her long locks cut off for charity.
The 46-year-old had her hair snipped into a bob, with the plait going to the Little Princess Trust.
Paula had cervical cancer six years ago and, because it was diagnosed early enough, she didn’t have to go through chemotherapy.
But she has watched close friends with cancer lose their hair. Her five-year-old nephew, Felix Baulch, also has a rare form of eye cancer.
Paula, from Chester Crescent, Lee-on-the-Solent, says: ‘My nephew has had five years of chemotherapy for cancer of the eyes.
‘Retinoblastina is rare so I’ve witnessed a young child battle cancer in my own family and chemotherapy’s inevitable side-effects.
‘When I was going through my cancer, I was lucky enough to never have chemotherapy.
‘The whole situation is tough enough.
‘I had cervical cancer and it was all removed through surgery. I was so lucky.’
Nine inches of Paula’s hair was cut off and will be sent to the Little Princess Trust, which makes wigs for children with cancer or other illnesses where hair loss is a side-effect.
Mum-of-two Paula adds: ‘When my friends lost their hair, they had to use wigs made of false hair and you couldn’t style them or colour them.
‘For teenagers and young children it must be difficult.’