Submariners ride into Blackpool to aid hospice

Submariners from HMS Triumph used pedal power to raise money for Brian House Children's Hospice.

Thursday, 16th March 2017, 10:07 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 11:04 am
Sister Carol Wylde and Commander David Filtness from HMS Triumph at Brian House

The team of nine cycled 350 miles from their base in Plymouth to Blackpool which has a close association with the submarine.

Led by submarine Commander David Filtness, they were welcomed by 60 members of the ship’s company, Trinity Hospice Chair of Trustees Nigel Law, the Mayor of Blackpool, Coun Kath Rowson and mayoress Joan Golding plus staff and members of the Blackpool Submariners Association.

CO David Filtness said: “HMS Triumph is very proud to provide active support to Brian House. The wonderful team here work tirelessly to provide specialist palliative care for children who live on the Fylde Coast, supporting over 80 families.

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Brian House staff met the submariners from HMS Triumph

“Our team of enthusiastic, if not gifted, cyclists pedalled over 350 miles and 23,000ft from HMS Triumph’s home in Devonport to the front door of Brian House, raising money for the hospice as we went.”

The crew also helped out behind the scenes at the hospice and enjoyed some leave after a year of operations.

Lining the route a patriotic welcome for the team of cyclists from HMS Triumph ending their ride to Brian House
Chair of Trustees Nigel Law welcomes the Civic party mayor Coun Kath Rowson and mayoress Joan Golding
Brian House staff met the submariners from HMS Triumph
Lining the route a patriotic welcome for the team of cyclists from HMS Triumph ending their ride to Brian House
Chair of Trustees Nigel Law welcomes the Civic party mayor Coun Kath Rowson and mayoress Joan Golding