School children across Glasgow will benefit from the generosity and physical efforts of the city’s own warship.

“Sailors from the new Type 26 frigate dropped in on St Monica’s Primary School in Milton to hand over the fruits of their recent labours: £1,600 – which amounts to about £50 per sailor. The cash was raised through HMS Glasgow’s ‘shop’ which sells themed merchandise – and by PO Colin Chalmers who was sponsored when he took part in the Ambleside 50km run. The money will go to local mental health charity, Place 2 Be, which supports Glasgow children in their school years and also provides resources for parents and carers.”

Five of Glasgow’s ship’s company – Senior Naval Officer Commander Phil Burgess, Weapon Engineer Officer Commander Alex Higgins, Warrant Officer 1 Darran Sullivan, Glasgow’s Executive Warrant Officer, writer Petty Officer Hayden Palmer and Leading Engineering Technician Harry Taggart – made the short trip from Scotstoun, where the frigate is being completed, to Milton on the northern outskirts of the city where they were warmly welcomed.

“Supporting charities and fundraising for worthy causes like Place 2 Be is a key part of HMS Glasgow’s identity and connecting with the local community,” said Commander Burgess.

“The challenges of mental health cannot be underestimated and it is vital we ensure that younger generations receive the support they require during this crucial period in their lives. Hopefully our donation will make a difference.”

Read more from the Royal Navy here.

Tom has spent the last 13 years working in the defence industry, specifically military and commercial shipbuilding. His work has taken him around Europe and the Far East, he is currently based in Scotland.
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Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke
16 days ago

The challenges of mental health should never be underestimated. Some of it is unbelievably bad. However, there is growing body of peer reviewed evidence that a lot of therapies, for less bad things, actually make long term effects worse and reduce resilience. So attaching ‘mental health’ badge to having-a-bad day or stuff-happens isn’t terribly useful. I see a lot of this day to day. Every excuse is linked to ‘mental health’ via therapy babble phrases. Hard work and doing new things often causes a bit of stress and strain that is the rich tapestry of life. Life isn’t stress free… Read more »

Last edited 16 days ago by Supportive Bloke
16 days ago

There’s a lot of money too be made in thr therapy world unfortunately, as many of these mental health issues that seem to arise these days are just living life on life’s terms but put a medical term too then and label a person with it and it then becomes either a disorder or an illness that none of us growing up had or saw anyone else with