SURFS UP! FOR A CHALLENGE
Sailors from Royal Naval air Station Culdrose have been doing their bit for a Surf Charity inCornwall.
Trainee Naval Officers, Engineers and Airman from the Fleet Air Arm’s West Cornish base volunteered to help support “The Wave Project’s Summer Surf Challenge”, held at Fistral beach Newquay on 27-28 June.
Leaping to the challenge the sailors, who are nearing the end of training at Culdrose helped out with the event to ensure it went smoothly, supporting people of all ages and with a variety of disabilities both in and out of the water.
The team from Culdrose also helped to run free surfing taster sessions and lessons throughout the day for anyone who wanted to get involved.
Tabitha Kendall-Carpenter, Wave Project event coordinator, said they were ‘extremely grateful for the support to the event’ and ‘it was wonderful to see so many smiles on both participants and volunteers’.
Everyone who took part received a medal. Three people were also awarded the ‘Amlin Trophy’ for exceptional bravery. Twins Isabella and Gabriella Pearce (5) and Maisie Robbins (7), all who have cerebral palsy from St Columb Major, were this year’s winners.
Naval Personnel from RNAS Culdrose have assisted with this event in the past and hope to do so in the future, maintaining important links with the Cornish community. Lieutenant Matt Cooke from 750 Naval Air Squadron said ‘We all had a fantastic time and it was really rewarding to be able to help people who may not get the opportunity to go surfing otherwise, it would be great to do it again’.