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HMS Duncan: Ship’s hands make light work of weeding

HMS Duncan crew members visited the Northern Ireland Childrens Hospice to help with garden maintenance

HMS Duncan crew members visited the Northern Ireland Childrens Hospice to help with garden maintenance

The crew of a warship docked in Belfast spent their last day in the city helping out in the garden at the NI Children’s Hospice.

HMS Duncan sailed into Belfast Lough on Saturday and hosted civic and business leaders as well as opening to the public on Sunday afternoon.

The Royal Navy vessel – a Type 45 destroyer carrying the latest in missile technology – has been twinned with the city and the hospice is now its nominated charity.

On Monday, the sailors also gave the hospice headquarters in Newtownabbey a fresh lick of paint – and handed over £1,100 donated by members of the public who toured the state-of-the-art ship on Sunday.

Commander James Stride said: “We have made many friends across Northern Ireland and wherever we are we will be keeping in touch.”

 

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