Being there helped to build on our team working skills, which the Navy is really big on

Trainee Sailor Liam Fraser, HMS Raleigh

Sadie Parker, Fundraising and Events Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator for Gables, said, “We were so thankful that HMS Raleigh picked Gables Farm Dogs and Cats Home to volunteer with for the day.  They were absolutely fantastic and even though it was raining they did not let it dampen their spirit.  

“With their help we were able to accomplish maintenance jobs such as removing all the weeds in the paddocks. They also worked in the cattery grooming, cuddling and cleaning out the cats. With all the extra hands we were also able to get a lot of dogs out for walks.

“It was great to see them all playing and socialising with the recruits, they really enjoyed the extra attention. Thank you again to HMS Raleigh we thoroughly enjoyed having you at the home.”  

Recruits recovering from injury or illness are part of Crean Division at HMS Raleigh. Each recruit has an individual rehabilitation package to aid their recovery, with the ultimate aim of returning them to full training.  

They also undergo a programme of general naval training to maintain and expand upon the skills they have learnt so far.