HMS Chiddingfold sailors raise charity cash with cycle ride

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SAILORS from HMS Chiddingfold cycled from their ship in Portsmouth to their namesake village for charity.

Donning their lycra for the 152km round trip, eight of the 43-strong crew left the ship at Portsmouth Naval Base at 9am.

They arrived at the village of Chiddingfold, Surrey, in time for lunch, and cycled back to the ship for 6pm.

The group raised £1,500 for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

Able Seaman (Diver) Ashley Mansell, 23, from Fareham, organised the fundraiser.

He said: ‘It was quite a challenge and the team really worked together to keep each other going, especially on the larger 

‘The weather was pretty poor unfortunately but it is all for a good cause.’

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines charity provides grants for naval and military charities that work with families and veterans, and supports members of the forces.

You can still donate towards the Chiddingfold sailors’ fund by visiting