Category Archives: Charity

Surrey Army Cadets Take On The Challenge

 Cadets from the Surrey (PWRR Bn) Army Cadet Force took on the Isle of Wight Challenge and raised funds for ABF, The Soldiers Charity.

Cadets from the Surrey Army Cadet Detachments in Dorking, Redhill, Lingfield, Felbridge and Walton raced each other around the Isle of Wight from Saturday 26th October to Monday 28th October 2013.

Dorking Detachment

Dorking Detachment

The event was set up to raise a significant sum of money for the ABF, The Soldiers Charity who’s work support the Service’s family in times of need.

Redhill Detachment

Redhill Detachment

The event saw the Cadets race their teams’ around the 117km costal paths of the Isle of Wight over the three days. Not only were they faced with the prospect of walking such a distance over a terrain full of steep climbs and tricky ground, they also had the recent storm, St Jude to contend with.

Felbridge Detachment

Felbridge Detachment

The Cadet Training Officer, Lieutenant Chris Mansfield said of the event “The Cadets faced a great challenge covering this sort of distance. It really put their physical training and navigation skills to the test. The Cadets really got involved; they showed great courage and determination. The Cadets had a great time and they also raised a lot of money for the charity”

Lingfield Detachment

Lingfield Detachment

If you are interested in finding out more about the Army Cadet Force in Surrey please visit our website: or phone our Headquarters on 01483 425371


Reservists raise money for MacMillan Cancer

MacMillan Longest Day Golf Challenge

MacMillan Cancer support run several events around the country to raise funds for their charity. One of these events is a 72 hole golf challenge taking place on the longest day of the year. Their charity is very important to myself as my mum, Barbara Hollis, had been suffering from cancer for 20 years and sadly lost her fight against this disease two weeks before the event happened so never got to see how we got on.

Six golfers, all with varying handicaps but all with one goal, to raise as much money for MacMillan Cancer Support. We split into two groups to tackle the challenge.

Group 1:

Chris Hollis- 266 Port Sqn RLC

Ian Hollis- Civilian

Neil Munro- 266 Port Sqn RLC

Group 2:

Stuart Downing- 17 Port & Maritime

Andrew Lindsey- 17 Port & Maritime

Dave Goacher- 17 Port & Maritime

Group 1 all set to Tee off

Group 1 all set to Tee off

We tee’d off at 0500hrs after sharing a bottle of champagne and toasting my mother and wishing each other the best of luck for the day. Our first round was completed at 0800hrs, still feeling fresh we stepped back up to the first tee for our second round. This was completed at approx 1115hrs and still the sun was shining and the standard of golf getting better. After a quick lunch and alcohol refreshment kindly sorted out by Becky who works at the golf club we all got showered and refreshed for the afternoon.

The afternoon rounds started at 1200hrs, we were joined on this round by my Dad and Capt Marlow for some moral support walking round with us to enjoy the scenery, take the mickey and generally see how golf should be played. This round finished at 1530hrs, after the offer of another pint to get us through the final round (which we declined!)  We were then stood back on the 1st ready for the final round of the day. We finally finished the fourth and final round of the day at 1830hrs. After putting out on the 18th green, a quick look to the skies to give my mom a kiss and we were finished.

We were met at the clubhouse by family and friends where we all discussed the day’s events and had a couple of well deserved drinks.  After a quick interview for BBC Radio Solent, courtesy of Tristan Pascoe, we finally packed our clubs away for the day and headed home.

A remarkeable event and a truely great sum was raised. If you are interested in supporting or making a donation to Macmillan please use the following link

Row The World In 80 Hours

Abingdon Sea Cadets take on the challenge

Abingdon Sea Cadets are taking part in a sponsored row around the world in 80 hours between 18 – 21 April to raise money for a much needed new ship as their old one is over 40 and coming to the end of her working life.

You can see them in action at Abingdon Market Place on Saturday 20th April from 09.00hrs. Cadets hope to row 100 miles on rowing machines which when added to the national total will help the charity reach the goal of 24,900 miles, the number of miles around the globe.

TS Royalist

TS Royalist

A voyage on the Sea Cadets current sail training ship, TS Royalist is the pinnacle of the Sea Cadet experience, offering an amazing opportunity to hoist sails and navigate Britain’s coastal waters as part of a crew, working together out there at sea in the elements. It’s challenging and inspiring, helping to build skills for life. A voyage is available to all 14,000 UK Sea Cadets and every year 1500 cadets go to sea, that’s 30,000 since her launch in 1971.

The Officer In Charge of Abingdon Sea Cadets, Lt (SCC) Kevin Anderson, is an old hand on the rowing machine having represented the Royal Navy in international rowing competitions. He has challenged his cadets to beat his own performance during the event.

The same time a team from Sea Cadets HQ are rowing 100 miles from Abingdon to Tower Bridge in London. They depart Abingdon Bridge at 08.00hrs on Thursday 18th April.  The charity has worked hard over the last two years, already raising £4.2 m of the £5.6 million target but now we need your help in one last push, please help us by showing your support and making a vital contribution, whether small or large, to make sure thousands of cadets like us can keep sailing with Sea Cadets!

Visit our just giving page: or

Or donate by texting ‘Ahoy 08 £3’ to 70070 to donate £3

Sea Cadets is a national nautical youth charity operating in 400 units across the UK. It supports 14,000 young people aged 10 – 18yrs by offering them a unique opportunity to learn vital life skills via a range of nautical adventure activities. This helps to boost confidence and inspire young people, giving them the best possible head start in life.