FORMER crew from the frigate named after Cornwall and commissioned by Diana, Princess of Wales, raised £1,000 for a children's charity by digging deep in their pockets.
Forty-five original crew members from HMS Cornwall travelled from all over the UK and as far as Canada, California, the Persian Gulf and the Far East for the reunion in Falmouth.
The veterans, from the main operations branch of the ship, donated cash to the Children's Hospice South West's (CHSW) Little Harbour, near St Austell, which helps and supports families of children with life-limiting conditions. CHSW fundraiser Mary Murfin attended to receive the cheque.
Reunion organiser Tom Sweeney said after the event: "It was outstanding. This is the first one. It was amazing; it was really good to do it.
"Next year we hope to get as many of the 250 crew members together to do it again to raise even more."
The Type 22 frigate was launched in 1985, commissioned in 1988 by the Princess and affiliated to Falmouth and Truro. She is now at Swansea where she is to be scrapped.