A PROJECT to renovate a Second World War submarine in Gosport has had a huge boost thanks to a donation of £100,000.
Appliance manufacturer Beko has become the largest consumer brand to contribute to the HMS Alliance appeal at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum.
The project needs to raise £6.75m to save it and work started to renovate the submarine earlier this year.
HMS Alliance is the only surviving Second World War-era sub and is a memorial to 5,300 British submariners who have lost their lives in service.
The project aims to maintain and conserve the historic submarine, as well as enabling her to remain open as a tourist attraction for years to come.
Vice Admiral Sir Tim McClement, chairman of the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, added: ‘As the memorial to all the submariners who have fought and died in the submarine service, it is important that HMS Alliance is conserved and brought to life for future generations to have the opportunity to understand and learn about ‘the silent service’ that has been in operation for over 100 years protecting our nation.
‘We could not preserve the living history that is embodied in Alliance without the financial support and backing of charitable donors such as Beko, so we’re extremely grateful for the donation.’
So far, more than £6m has been raised, including a £3.4m grant from the Heritage Lottery fund.
Ragip Balcioglu, managing director of Beko plc, said: ‘Ecology and conservation are both very important to Beko and we’re delighted to support the Alliance Appeal.
‘The Royal Navy Submarine Museum is a great destination for family fun and as a brand that set out to make life easier for families we felt the appeal had great synergy.’
HMS Alliance will remain open to visitors throughout the renovation project.
It will be officially opened in 2014 by Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, who has been a Royal Patron of the appeal for the past four years.
To find out more or to make a donation to the appeal visit submarine-museum.co.uk or call 023 9251 0354.