Royal Marines from Hasler Company at HM Naval Base, Devonport, have conquered Mount Snowdon to help support their colleagues.
Major Steve Melbourne, Officer Commanding Hasler Company, said: “The climb took the group two hours 20 minutes to complete, but owing to the limitations of some of the lads, they took more than three hours to return to the vehicles at the finish. This was a huge achievement for many of these lads who are recovering from long-term complex injuries and illnesses.’’
A special mention is made of the Hasler Company unofficial mascot Roly – a rescue dog and honorary Marine – who has significant physical difficulties, a disfigured jaw and hip dysplasia, so this was a massive achievement for him as well, said Major Melbourne. Roly was rescued by the Hope charity www.hoperescue.org.uk. He still needs extensive treatment and this can be sponsored via http://www.justgiving.com/MarineRoly-CanineCommando
Staff and injured Marines from the company took a baton made from a stretcher to the summit. The baton is the symbol of the charity The Baton illustrating national conscience – of pride, hope, courage and suffering. The baton is designed to be a message of gratitude from those who wish to support the brave men and women of the armed forces who regularly risk their lives. The baton was presented to Hasler Company by Alan Rowe the founder of The Baton, further details at www.thebaton.co.uk
Hasler Company is part of the Royal Navy Recovery Pathway and run by the Royal Marines. The unit deals with service personnel recovering from complex long-term injuries and illnesses, including those injured on operations in Afghanistan. The main aim is to return Marines to service whenever possible. However, for those who are unable to return to service life due to their injuries or illness, the staff supports them and their families during the transition into civilian life.