Team from HMS Astute set to raise cash for Claire House hospice

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A TEAM of Royal Navy submariners will use their daily exercise time to raise cash for Claire House Children’s Hospice this weekend.

Around 50 members of HMS Astute ship's company, based at Faslane on the Clyde, will either walk, run, cycle or row a total virtual distance of 560 miles – the distance from HM Naval Base Clyde to the hospice on Saturday.

Because of social distancing measures, they will complete the exercise in their own homes or local area and upload their mileage onto social media through a fitness app.

The crew, who have a very close relationship with Claire House, came up with an idea where they could use technology to host a remote fundraising event – raising some cash while keeping everyone safe.

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Lieutenant Arran Deakin, who came up with the idea of covering the 560 miles in this way said: "Submariners are known for being a very determined bunch and we’re really looking forward to the challenge of running, cycling or rowing 560 miles over 48 hours.

"The event is a great way to raise funds as everyone can get involved whilst staying safe.

"Hopefully we can do Claire House proud and ensure they are able to continue carrying out their incredible work"

Each participant will send their mileage to Lt Deakin to be added the 560 mile target, with some crew members covering more distance than others.

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The crew aim to raise £1,000 for the charity over the 48 hours and all funds will be raised via sponsorship on just giving.

If you would like to donate go to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hms-astute1

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