The Children’s Hospital Trust was honoured to have the Royal Navy dock in Simon’s Town, Cape Town this week and visit the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and spend some time with some of the children who were in recovery.
HMS Edinburgh – known as the ‘Fortress of the Sea’ – is the nation’s last Type 42 destroyer, a veteran of the destroyer fleet known as the workhorses of the Royal Navy. The ship is due to take on a range of tasks across the breadth of the Atlantic, supporting counter-narcotic efforts in the seas around West Africa, and providing reassurance to UK territories and dependencies across the globe.
Surgeon Lt Katherine Rawlinson, the ship’s very own doctor, was impressed with the additions to the Hospital as well as state of the art equipment the Hospital boasts, thanks to the various fundraising efforts that have been made over the recent years.
The children were excited to see men (and women) in uniform, serving their country, and some of them even had the opportunity to play dress up, have their photo taken and of course, give the Royal salute!