Driffield sailor does her bit for flood relief

Able Seaman Clare Start

Able Seaman Clare Start

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A sailor from Driffield has been helping flood-hit communities.

Able Seaman Clare Start, 24, broke off from her seaman specialist training at HMS Collingwood, Fareham, Hampshire, to help protect an historic school from flooding.

Clare, from Driffield, has been filling sandbags and building a protective wall at The Pilgrims’ School in the grounds of Winchester Cathedral.

“I’m glad to be part of the community, this is the reason why I joined the Royal Navy, to be a helping hand in times of crisis,’ said Clare, a former pupil of Driffield School.

The Winchester school, which is the choir school of Winchester Cathedral, has 240 pupils, and the neighbouring River Itchen had already claimed part of the school grounds, including the children’s play area, before Clare and her colleagues arrived.

“My family are really proud of the work I am doing,” added Clare, a keen salsa dancer, whose mum Margaret lives in Driffield.

As part of the military response to the flooding crisis across the land, the RN has nearly 950 men and women on the ground helping affected communities: 340 from 40 Commando, 200 jointly from Collingwood and Sultan, and 200 apiece from the Fleet Air Arm’s principal bases at Yeovilton and Culdrose.

In addition, a further 1,060 sailors and Royal Marines from across the Senior Service are on standby to intervene should the Government’s COBRA emergency committee require them.

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