Team take on 100-mile charity challenge

The cyclists outside HMS Nelson in Portsmouth
The cyclists outside HMS Nelson in Portsmouth
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A team of six service and civilian personnel from HMS Nelson got on their bikes to raise money for military charity SSAFA after covering 100 miles in two days.

Three of the cyclists went out on Thursday last week and covered 36.5 miles on a route that took in Whale Island, Thorney Island, Southwick, HMS Collingwood and HMS Sultan.

On the second day the team was joined by three more cyclists and they rode 64.1 miles, finishing at the Royal Marines base at Poole in Dorset.

The event was organised by exercise rehabilitation instructor Davey Howarth, who said: ‘We decided to do this race to raise money for SSAFA because at some point or another they have played a part in all our lives. The staff based here at the unit are a mixture of Royal Navy and Royal Air Force personnel, so we felt this was the most appropriate charity for us to support.’

The members of the team work in the RRU in different roles, ranging from medical specialists through to receptionists.

The unit provides a specialist assessment and medical opinion to patients who have been referred from elsewhere.