A big name in the British underwear industry has pledged her support to help 45 Commando maintain their memorial garden.
Michelle Mone, OBE, founder of Ultimo, made the pledge to help fund-raise for the Woodlands Garden at RM Condor during her visit on Sunday.
She was there to get a taste of the life of a serving Royal Marine Commando and Michelle was put through her paces by the marines, before taking time out to visit the Woodlands Garden which offers a quiet spot for reflection.
During her time at Condor Michelle took part in target training, tackled the ‘death slide’, abseiled 100 feet from the ski ramp and took part in a gruelling two mile gun run.
Michelle said: “I never anticipated how tough it was going to be. I really was pushed to my limits.
“These guys are machines and do an amazing job for our country.”
She continued: “I’ve never witnessed such extraordinary physical strength, mental resilience and team cohesion.
“They all deserve as much support as they can get.”
After her ordeal was over Michelle spent time with Colour Sergeant Paul ‘Baz’ Barrett who was maimed by an IED in Afghanistan.
Michelle plans to assist RM Condor in their fund-raising activities to help maintain the Woodlands Garden which offers a quiet space for marines and their families to reflect and remember.
Around £250,000 was raised by 45 Commando and well-wishers in the community and the project took almost a year to come to fruition.
The Woodlands Garden was unveiled at a special ceremony in November, 2011, in time for Remembrance Day.
The centre piece is a Globe and Laurel emblem shaped from massive rocks shipped in from the theatres in which members of 45 Commando have fallen, including Northern Ireland, The Falklands, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.