It was great to welcome Lt Cdr Lee Broster, Cpl Pete Morrison, WO2 Craig Petch and Sgt Mick McCann from the MOD Corsham Field Gun Crew to the hospice this week. They form part of a military sports team based in Corsham who compete for the annual Royal Navy Royal Marines Charity Brickwoods Tournament at HMS Collingwood in June.
You may be asking, what is a Field Gun Crew? Well, we have now been educated and it is a sport that has its roots in the Battle of Ladysmith which took place in 1899 during the Second Boer War. This action saw Royal Navy gun crews manhandle 12-pounder guns miles over land to relieve a siege placed upon the Army. Throughout the 20th century this action was commemorated with the Field Gun Competition, traditionally part of the Royal Tattoo and contested by Navy Commands, typically from Portsmouth, Plymouth and the Fleet Air Arm.
Each year, all crews taking part are asked to raise funds for Charity. Each Crew split their funds between the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) and their nominated Charities. This year MOD Corsham have chosen Dorothy House Hospice Care and the Doorways Project.
Sergeant Michael McCann said: “We wished to choose a charity local to MOD Corsham. Once we learned about the Hospice it was quickly agreed that it would be a very worthy cause to raise funds for. I can say confidently that all of us were touched by the setting and care provided by Dorothy House and its staff. After the tour I couldn’t think of a more worthy local charity than yourselves.”
They plan to hold various collections including ,a charity horse racing evening, a public display run in Corsham and also a charity Row-a-thon in Bath City Centre. We are so grateful for their ongoing support and please keep checking our events section on the website for further information on how you can support them.
PICTURED ABOVE: From left to right: Lt Cdr Lee Broster, Cpl Pete Morrison, Yvonne Brunton from Dorothy House Hospice Care, WO2 Craig Petch and Sgt Mick McCann