Movember madness on Argyll

After a month of madness the monster moustaches are coming off HMS Argyll with over £300 raised for charity.

The crew of the Plymouth based frigate spent the month of November raising money as part of the “Movember” campaign against prostate cancer – on top of the £4,000 that the ship has already raised for charity.

All personnel onboard the “charity champions” warship were given permission to stop shaving on November 1 and members of the ship’s company quickly pledged their cash.

Overall 63 of the ship’s company took part with 40 competing to find the best moustache; but it was an impressive “soup strainer” worn by Medical Assistant Wayne “Apples” Orchard which won over the judges.

Apples said: “I simply thought that it would be a good idea to have a bit of fun onboard growing a moustache whilst also raising money in support of prostate cancer. I never thought that I would win in the end.”

The Movember competition was run on top of Argyll’s other charity work to support the Royal Navy and Royal Marine Charity, the Devon and Cornwall Air Ambulance and Bristol Royal Children’s hospital.

Other fundraising events have included a charity swim from ship to shore, bike rides, and donations from events such as Ship Open to Visitors.  

Lieutenant Matthew Turner, the ship’s charity officer said:  “We chose our ship’s charities at the start of the deployment and the participation in events and fund raising has been tremendous.” 

“Our total is over £4,000 now and I hope we reach £5,000 by our return to Plymouth; a couple of the charities have personal significance for members of the crew so it really means something to help them out.”

HMS Argyll has deployed to the Caribbean region to provide reassurance and humanitarian aid and disaster relief support to the UK’s British Overseas Territories and other islands during the hurricane season. 

She has also had huge success conducting counter narcotics patrols in conjunction with the US Coast Guard to enhance regional security and deter illegal activity.