News

June 1st 2015

Walking 100k for charity

Two Reservists from HMS Sherwood, the East Midlands only Royal Naval Reserve unit, have raised £2000 for charity after walking 100k from London to Brighton.

Logistics Able Seaman Caroline Holland, aged 35 and Unit Coxswain Sam Martin, aged 45, decided to take part in the Action Challenge to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society, after Sam’s mum, who had the illness, passed away recently.

The 100k walk took place from 23 to 24 May, and took the Reservists around 27 hours to complete.

Sam, who lives in Hucknall, explained: “I previously took part in the Edinburgh Marathon back in 2011 to raise money for the same charity, but this is the first time I have ever walked 100k. It was Caroline’s idea initially for us to take part in the event, but I have been genuinely overwhelmed at the support we have received.

“My daughter also helped us to raise sponsorship through holding a cake sale at her school. People have been so generous, it has been heart-warming.”

Caroline Holland, who lives in Sherwood, joined HMS Sherwood as a Reservist in 2010 as she wanted to make the most of her spare time by challenging herself to learn new skills and meet new people. She said: “Being a Reservist means I have increased my fitness levels so I really enjoy getting outside and taking part in events such as this, especially when we have been able to raise so much money for such an important cause. I have already put my name down to complete the walk next year too.”

To find out more about the Alzheimer’s Society visit www.alzheimers.org.uk

To learn more about joining HMS Sherwood contact 0115 929 6373 or email navymr-sherwoodsm@mod.uk

“I previously took part in the Edinburgh Marathon back in 2011 to raise money for the same charity, but this is the first time I have ever walked 100k. It was Caroline’s idea initially for us to take part in the event, but I have been genuinely overwhelmed at the support we have received."