BRNC's support for the Mercy Rescue Trust

  • Author: Nichola Winstanley
  • Date: Wednesday 25th January 2017
BRNC's support for the Mercy Rescue Trust BRNC's support for the Mercy Rescue Trust

The Britannia Association were delighted to assist a group of seven young officers, lead by the BRNC Flight Training Officer, Lieutenant Tim Curnock on a working visit to the Mercy Rescue Trust in Kenya.

The budding aviators, navigators and submariners spent 10 days working at the charity's baby rescue centre in Kitale - a large town in the western region of of the country. The centre has 25 beds and takes in abandoned and abused babies and young children nurturing them back to health before finding loving families who wish to adopt them.

During their time in Kenya the group built an adventure play park and carried out a number of activities with both the children of the Trust and from the local community who attended the centre every other day as part of a holiday club. Activities included afternoon rugby coaching sessions, with kit kindly donated by the RN Rugby Union, and arts and crafts sessions.

In the run up to the expedition the team organised a number of fund raising events to make the project happen. A Christmas raffle and a band night were among the events all of which were extremely well attended which ultimately allowed the team to donate just over £2715 to the Trust. Additionally staff at BRNC donated in excess of 300kg of clothes and toys which the team were able to take out to the centre.

Sub Lt Masse Vargaysch said: "Overall we had an amazing and humbling time working with Mercy Rescue Trust, and meeting the incredible people who make it all possible. We had a chance to see what a huge difference the charity makes to the lives of vulnerable children and were honoured to play a small role in helping them out. We were lucky enough to be welcomed into the community and really see the culture of Western Kenya. We are very grateful to both the members of the College and the local community for their continued support in general and in helping this great cause."

Other parts of the expedition saw a trip up Mount Elgon with the children of Mercy Rescue Turst, experiencing Sunday worship at the Cavalry Gospel Church in Kitale, and a road trip through the Great Rift Valley, crossing the equator returning back to Nairobi.

Lt Curnock said: "The trip was a great success for both the staff and children of Mercy Rescue as well as the team from BRNC. The YOs were excellent ambassadors for the RN with their hard work and enthusiasm. As the team go forward into careers that will undoubtedly expose them to humanitarian relief operations, these seven YOs will now have a greater awareness of what is required when they have to think on their feet to help those in need with limited resources. It was a real privililage to lead this expedition."

Information on Mercy Rescue Trust, including ways to donate, can be found on the charity's website,

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