Piping around the world for the Navy’s charity

Irene Robinson50,000 miles, 7 continents, 50 days, 1 bagpipe

A piper from Poole is set to travel 50,000 miles in 50 days on a 7 Continent Piping Challenge hoping to raise £50,000 for The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and Julia's House. 

Irene Robinson (57), who works as a forensic health practitioner, will play the bagpipes at iconic locations across seven continents, including New York’s Radio City Music Hall, San Francisco’s Alcatraz, Antarctica’s Port Lockroy, Auckland’s Sky Tower, Sydney’s Captain Cook’s Cruises, Johannesburg’s Regina Mundi Catholic Church, amongst others, finishing in London’s HMS Belfast on February 27th. 

‘The Launch Day’ on Sunday 10th January, officially the first day of the challenge, saw Irene play at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard with The Royal Navy Pipe Band Association before doing a solo piece on the deck of HMS Victory. 

Irene Robinson said: “I have made this challenge as big as I can because I want to raise £50,000 for two charities that are close to my heart. I will be travelling 50,000 miles in 50 days across 

7 continents and so a pound a mile seems reasonable with my glass half full mentality!” 

She added: “The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity make every mile count to support serving and former members and their families. I am proud to be a member of The Royal Navy Pipe Band Association and because of this, I see at first hand the brilliant work that they do. 

"Julia's House is a children's hospice caring for children with life- limiting illnesses from diagnosis to death and beyond for the whole family. As a nurse I understand the dedication and love that is the very soul of this charity." 

Rebecca Saunders, Regional Fundraiser and Volunteers Advisor at The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, said: “Irene’s bagpiping challenge is brilliantly ambitious and, just like the Royal Navy, her efforts will be seen and talked about in all corners of the globe. We wish her the very best of luck in reaching her target.”