HMS Sultan Haven Kenya 2015

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Keep up to date with our progress as we fundraise a target of £15000 + to get to Kenya!!

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Posted by susie.templeton on February 5, 2015 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (41)

My name is Jess Riley-Siggins I was born and raised on the Wirral, Merseyside.


From a young age I loved the outdoors and always preferred the more 'hands on' approach when faced with a challenge. Therefore deciding what I wanted to do when I left school was easy. I signed up to the Royal Navy as soon as it was legal, attending all pre joining tests and interviews whilst in my final year of school.


It's now 7 years later and I still believe it's the best decision I have made. Over the years I believe I have grown and developed from the experiences only the RN can provide taking every opportunity presented to me.


HMS Sultan's Kenya expedition is yet another opportunity that I can not pass up. Although I know I will be totally out of my comfort zone and 100% in the unknown, it is a journey I can not wait to embark upon.

Fundraising Update

Posted by susie.templeton on February 5, 2015 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (0)

This week we recieved confirmation the Gosport Rotary Club have very kindly decided to sponsor the trip! We are incredibly grateful for their donation. 

We have also run a successful Fajita Night, and Vodka Jelly Shots at the Sports Bar, and have raised another £200 or so. Little by little :)

Thanks to all who have supported us so far!

Indiegogo GO

Posted by susie.templeton on January 27, 2015 at 3:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Well our crowdfunding page on is up and running - off to a brilliant start with over £100 kindly donated in the first 24hrs.

The target is £4,500 which equates to £300 per head and will cover the Local Community Project phase of the trip - food, accommodation and transport.

This will enable us to help and support our local partners, and provide a unique opportunity for teamwork and developing the engineering training given by the RN!

Project details are TBC in February, but you can find the support page here

Meet Our Team - Vickie

Posted by susie.templeton on January 26, 2015 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

I am LET(ME) Stansfield I am 25 and from a small rural town in West Yorkshire.

Upon leaving school I knew I wanted to be an engineer and being an active, sport oriented individual I love a challenge, so the Royal Navy seemed like the perfect career choice for me.

I joined the Navy in August 2008 and served primarily aboard HMS Westminster but have spent time with SFM working on a multitude of platforms in upkeep periods and refits. I have play Royal Navy Rugby League which has enabled me meet some fantastic people and keep fit doing so. Being in the RN has given me a wide variety of opportunities and experiences which has given me some awesome skill sets and memories.

The Kenya Exped is yet another amazing opportunity for me to seize and build on my own personal experiences whilst allowing me to help and give to people who are less fortunate than myself. It will push me out of my comfort zones and provide me with challenges daily on many levels both physically and mentally.

I see this expedition as a rare opportunity to gain valuable world experience and knowledge that will ultimately help me progress through my career. 

Also, I really want to see a giraffe.

Hello 2015!

Posted by susie.templeton on January 5, 2015 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Well we are back with a bounce from Christmas leave, and all of a sudden Easter doesn't feel very far away!

In 13 weeks time, we will be IN KENYA! Half-way up the mountain...

So there's a lot of work to be done - fundraising, team building, organising.

The team is shaping up and we hope to confirm our participants in the next week or so :D Watch this space!

And so it begins...

Posted by susie.templeton on December 15, 2014 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Here at The Haven, fundraising has started in earnest!!

Keen to get in on the festive spirit of goodwill, Jess has launched her “Sober til Santa” challenge, accepting sponsorship while she keeps off the drink through Silly Season, right up to Christmas! Considering the challenge time period includes her birthday, it is quite a feat indeed… Additionally she has been raffling off a Sweetie Tree, covered in chocolate truffles and Lindor. Yum!


The team attempted a 24-hr treadmill challenge in the foyer of ASDA Fareham at the weekend – unfortunately it had to be cut short due to a lack of qualified supervision, but Vicky and Zoe still manage to run the equivalent distance of the route we will be trekking up Mt Kenya (25km!), and the kind people of Fareham donated £87.


We also benefitted from The Sports Bar’s “Reindeer Racing” Night, when they kindly split the proceeds of the night with us. Add to this the success of The Haven’s “Sweetie Corner”, and our fundraising total has started at £360.


There’s a long way to go, but all the pennies add up… Thank you to everyone who has supported us so far!