Commando Spirit Charity Appeal
HAVE A ‘WET’ WITH THE ROYAL MARINES
Outside of training and service duty, a common ritual within the armed forces if the trading of ‘dits’ over a ‘wet’ or two. That’s swapping of anecdotes over drinks to you and I, but with the kind of intrigue and bravado that separates the men from the boys.
Saturday afternoon, The Big Scuba Show, 19-20 February, will be your chance to meet the Marines at The Big Scuba Show
If you fancy sharing a tale with the Royal Marine Commandos, come on down to the show and call in to stand 440.
The Big Scuba Show and DIVE Magazine are inviting you to prove you have The Commando Spirit.
DIVE is looking for three brave divers to take on the challenge. DIVE will pay for three diver’s entry fees for the challenge (£300 each) and Monty Halls will act as their personal mentor. The three fundraisers will in turn each need to raise £10,000 for Commando Spirit and The Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.
DIVE will encourage the diving community to support their fundraising efforts.
Entries for this competition closed on 8th January 2011. We are now in the process in judging the entries and selecting the 3 deemed brave enough to escape the dunker.
COMMANDO SPIRIT – THE ROYAL MARINES CHARITABLE TRUST FUND
The Big Scuba Show has chosen its official charity for the next three years and is supporting the Commando Spirit Appeal on behalf of the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund. The Commando Spirit Series is staging a series of challenges over the next three years with the aim of raising £1million for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund, which helps Royal Marines who are wounded or injured and supports those returning from operations and their families. Sadly but importantly the RMCTF also provides grants to those whose loved ones die in service. Quite simply, the RMCTF will help when others cannot.
The Big Scuba Show intends to work closely with the team behind Commando Spirit and the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund to ensure their valuable cause is recognized throughout the diving world.
This year Commando Spirit is offering fundraisers the chance to see if they have what it takes to react like a Royal Marine Commando. During training, Marines face the Dunker – a terrifyingly realistic simulation of a helicopter crash at sea, from which they must escape. Fundraisers will get to experience the Dunker for themselves and test their mettle against this ultimate challenge.
“I vividly recall my first experience in the Dunker – my racing heartbeat and clammy palms as the waters rose around me,” said ex-Marine Monty Halls. “Although 100 per cent safe, it is nonetheless a life-enhancing experience for those who take part. You’ll turn up trembling and swagger out beaming, ready to take on the world.’
“Those taking part will be pushed to their limit but will feel an immense sense of achievement – and they will also get a taste of what our Royal Marines go through on a daily basis, whether in training or on operations.” Maj Gen John Rose CB – Representative Colonel Commandant of the Royal Marines and Patron of the Commando Spirit Appeal
‘Show Your Courage For Those Who Risk Their All’
Brigadier Simon P Hill OBE is Chairman of the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund’s fundraising campaign board. Brigadier Hill served in the Royal Marines for 34 years and has therefore completed the Dunker training. Brigadier Hill was Chief of Staff at Royal Marines Headquarters for two years, before being appointed Colonel Commandant and President of the Royal Marines Association in 2002. Brigadier Hill is also a Trustee of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity. He commanded the Comacchio Group RM at Arbroath for which he was awarded his OBE.
Founder and director of Commando Spirit, Sally-Anne Hunter is a BSAC diver and a former Trustee of Coral Cay Conservation, holding diving close to her heart. A trained barrister and Fellow of the Institute of Fundraising and the Royal Geographical Society, her passion for all things challenging and charitable is evident throughout her career which has seen her direct events to raise funds for breast cancer charities through the Booby Birds and Breakthrough Women’s Challenge, for Operation Raleigh through The Power Challenge and now for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund through The Commando Spirit Series, allowing people to test their mettle against some of the more formidable aspects of Royal Marines training.
TV presenter and former Royal Marine Monty Halls is a writer, explorer, television presenter and public speaker. A former Royal Marines officer who worked for Nelson Mandela on the peace process in South Africa, he left the services in 1996 to pursue a career in leading expeditions. Having achieved a First Class Honours degree in marine biology, over the next decade he circumnavigated the globe four times on various projects, leading multi-national teams in some of the most demanding environments on earth.
A former Royal Marine, lost both legs and an arm in an explosion while serving in Afghanistan on Christmas Eve, 2007. Since then Mark has fought back from his injuries to launch a fundraising drive to help other soldiers, sailors and airmen whose lives are torn apart on the battlefield; to write a book, Man Down, about his experiences and to marry. Mark exhibits true Commando Spirit.
Managing director of The Big Scuba Show. A former news editor of the Sunday Times, Graeme Gourlay developed a passion for scuba diving and set up his own publishing company in 1995. Circle Publishing now has a wide portfolio of titles including among others the UK’s market leading scuba diving magazine DIVE, the Royal Geographical Society’s Geographical magazine and R-Travel for the Responsible Travel awards. Graeme has recently launched The Big Scuba Show at which the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund is the official charity.
For more information on Commando Spirit and The Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund please visit www.commandospirit.com or www.rmctf.org.uk
The Big Scuba Show and DIVE Magazine are inviting you to enter and prove you have The Commando Spirit. A specially selected judging panel from Commando Spirit, the Royal Marines, Dive Magazine and The Big Scuba Show will then choose the three lucky participants to be announced live at The Big Scuba Show, 19-20 February.DIVE is looking for three brave divers to take on the challenge. DIVE will pay for three diver’s entry fees for the challenge (£300 each) and Monty Halls will act as their personal mentor.