The ratings pledge to raise funds for the charity

The crew of the Royal Navy’s flagship HMS Ark Royal are supporting the RNLI with the launch of a long-term fundraising campaign.

The ship’s crew have already been hard at work raising funds for the RNLI over the past few months, but during a visit to Greenwich tomorrow as part of the 25th anniversary of the Falklands War commemorations, HMS Ark Royal will formally announce its commitment to helping the charity.

All funds raised by the crew will go towards the RNLI’s ‘train one, save many’ campaign to help fund vital training needed by volunteer lifeboat crews.

Campaign Manager, Andy Whyte says: “It costs £1,000 a year to train each of our volunteer crew members, and it is hoped that HMS Ark Royal will help to fund the training of a number of lifeboat crew members in the future. We also hope that this is the start of a broader relationship between the Royal Navy and the RNLI.”

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