The Submariner Memorial Appeal was established as a registered charity, to raise £375,000 to create an iconic monument at the National Memorial Arboretum as a fitting memorial to submariners who have lost their lives in the Service and to the sacrifice of their families
Working for the Royal Navy Submarine Service is much more than a job. It’s a demanding and dauntless lifestyle that asks a lot of those who serve and their families. Remembering and recognising the submariners who have lost their lives is one way to help families, friends, and shipmates of the fallen to find peace in the face of tragedy
Having been a submariner for many years, I was inspired by the aims of the charity not only to provide a fitting memorial for lost submariners, but to recognise the sacrifice of the families, like mine, who also give so much to the service as we deploy on operations and wanted to get involved in the fundraising.
I have set myself the ambitious challenge of cycling the 2021 tour de France distance of 3383kms in 42 days while deployed at sea. Using a static bike which is squeezed in a small space between the tins of food and stores lockers! I aim to cycle up to 80km per day during my 6 hours off work when I will also need to fit in sleeping, eating and training before going back on watch. As we have no communications out of the submarine, I will be unable to give progress updates and cannot tell you exactly when I am doing my challenge however I will keep a diary on board and will provide a full progress report when I have completed the challenge and am safely at home.
Please support me and this appeal by giving whatever you can to support the sacrifice of our Submariners and their families.
I am raising money for a charitable cause that is very important to me so please donate and help me reach my target in aid of The Submariner Memorial Appeal. Anything you can contribute towards helping me achieve my target will be massively appreciated.