Navy centre raises hundreds for Macmillan

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MEMBERS of the Royal Navy’s education team at HMS Nelson raised hundreds of pounds for charity with a coffee morning.

It was part of a nationwide event held in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and saw the 20-strong team baking cakes, cookies and puddings to help the charity.

The HMS Nelson Education Centre, which raised £300, is one of two education and resettlement centres within the navy base in Portsmouth.

The organisation focuses on education and training services for those returning to the national workforce, and places emphasis on supporting the 5,000 plus people within their catchment area.

Lieutenant Sarah Vines, said: ‘It’s been an exceptional event and we’re so thankful to everyone who has been involved, either baking or donating generously.’

Lt Vines said she knew first hand the difference these charities can make as her younger brother Neil has been fighting brain cancer for the past two years. He himself has raised more than £4,000 for the trust despite his restricted mobility.

Lt Vines added: ‘His courage and optimistic outlook on life has inspired my family to raise awareness of his story.

‘It is so important that the public get behind events such as these, and today was a fantastic opportunity for HMS Nelson to do our bit.’

Sponsor Neil at _Vines.