Royal Navy gives Portsmouth-based charity a boost

CASH BOOST Commander Paul Jones hands over a cheque to ''the Cystic Fibrosis Kids of Portsmouth
CASH BOOST Commander Paul Jones hands over a cheque to ''the Cystic Fibrosis Kids of Portsmouth
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THE Royal Navy has given a Portsmouth-based children’s charity a much-needed financial boost.

For the past two years, Cystic Fibrosis Kids of Portsmouth has been the charity of choice at the navy’s headquarters HMS Excellent on Whale Island.

Following money raised at fireworks events and family days, the shore establishment’s commanding officer, Commander Paul Jones, handed the charity its latest cheque – bringing the total raised to more than £6,000.

Charity chairman Steve White, whose daughter Rosie has cystic fibrosis, said: ‘This injection of funds into our small charity makes a huge difference to the help and engagement we can provide for Portsmouth families blighted by cystic fibrosis. We are really grateful to our friends at Whale Island.’

The charity is run by parents who have children with the condition and other volunteers. It provides practical support, equipment and counselling for around 35 families in the Portsmouth area.

Lesley Plaiter, who is fundraising co-ordinator at HMS Excellent, said: ‘We are lucky to have a very supportive naval population which understands the importance of our relationship with the local community. It can always be relied upon to help raise funds at families days and fireworks nights on the island.’

Cdr Jones added: ‘Recent Armed Forces Day events demonstrate the Royal Navy’s links with communities are important, and the support these links generate goes both ways.’

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