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HMS Glasgow donates £2000 to Place2Be and forges links with two local partner schools

The crew of HMS Glasgow, a ship being built on the Clyde, have chosen to support Place2Be and two of our local partner schools, Holy Cross and Gowanbank primary schools.

The Crew of HMS Glasgow awarding a cheque which will directly support Holy Cross Primary School through Place2Be

Earlier this week, during Mental Health Awareness Week, sailors from HMS Glasgow visited Place2Be partner school Holy Cross Primary School. Throughout the day, pupils were introduced to the potential of careers in science, technology and engineering (STEM) through interactive workshops with the ship’s crew and a team from nearby Clyde Naval Base.

11-year-old Abdullah, a pupil at the school said “I enjoyed doing the air thing… It was really cool seeing how it could move something. This experience really worked my imagination.”

The Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) day at Holy Cross is the first of several planned future school engagements.

As part of the day’s activities, the school was also presented with a £2,000 donation to Place2Be, which will be used to support Place2Be schools in Glasgow. This is the start of a series of fundraising efforts by the ship’s crew, and later this year Petty Officer Colin Chalmers will be taking on a 50km ultra-running challenge in support of Place2Be.

HMS Glasgow is the first of the Royal Navy’s new Type 26 submarine-hunting frigates, and is currently being built on the Clyde. On the partnership, Commander Phil Burgess, HMS Glasgow’s Senior Naval Officer said:

“With thanks to the Princess of Wales, we are proud to be supporting Place2Be and through the charity we’ve formed affiliations with two Glasgow primary schools, Gowanbank and Holy Cross, which is why we are here today.”

Sahir Permall, Director for Place2Be Scotland, said:

“We are delighted that HMS Glasgow has chosen to support Place2Be and some of our partner schools in Glasgow. Through community outreach, the ship’s crew will provide local schools with opportunities to engage in STEM activities, visit the ship, and much more. The crew will also take on fundraising challenges to support Place2Be."

Each school day, hundreds of children and families across Scotland tell us about their challenges, from bereavement to bullying, from violence at home to friendship issues. The money raised by the crew of HMS Glasgow will enable us to provide vital support to these young people and their whole school communities.

Learn more about our work in Scotland

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