RNAS Culdrose Women raise £7,200 for charity
A GROUP of women, serving and spouses of Navy personnel at RNAS Culdrose in Helston, has raised £7,200 for Armed Forces and cancer charities.
The biannual fundraising effort, which has been growing since 2005, was launched at Culdrose Air Day in July and culminated last month with a Ladies' Night.
Air day spectators had kick-started the fundraising by donating £1,000 in support of six women covering a marathon of 26.2 miles carrying two 5kg powerbags, dubbed their Powerathon.
The main event, a Ladies' Night, took place in the Warrant Officers' and Senior Rates' Mess at RNAS Culdrose.
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An all-female crowd of more than 300 was entertained with a fashion show of ball gowns, lingerie and hairstyles and a surprise visit by Cornish Pirates rugby players. The CuldRoses Military Wives Choir performed and band The Bubble played into the night.
In addition, some impressive prizes were donated by local businesses for an auction and raffle.
Founder and chairman of the Culdrose Women committee, Petty Officer Suzanne Gibson, said: "We have surpassed our hopes this year. I am so proud of the hard work delivered by my committee, and the generosity of women across our Cornish naval community. We had a blast, but better than that, we are able to help charities that do incredibly important work with cancer patients and forces' families.
"We'd like to thank the Cornish Pirates, all the businesses that supported this effort, and the Navy for kindly hosting us once again."
Six charities were selected to receive an equal share of the funds – Brain Tumour Research, Made For Life Foundation, The Mermaid Centre at Treliske, Pants Cancers, Royal British Legion and Royal Navy Benevolent Trust.
The Culdrose Women group has raised more than £31,000 since 2005 for military and women's charities. This year's is the highest total so far.