Submariners ride into Blackpool to aid hospice

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

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.

“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.

See also: HMS Triumph’s ties with Blackpool