Barclays Wealth has organised an extraordinary ‘Make A Difference’ Day (MADD) with the help of the Royal Navy and the crew of HMS IRON DUKE, Jersey’s affiliated warship.

The team at Barclays Wealth host MADD annually and this year decided to enlist the help of HMS IRON DUKE’s sailors whilst the ship is visiting the island. The day will see a variety of projects being undertaken to support the local community. These include a garden project at Jersey Hospice, participating in a five-a-side football tournament at Fort Regent as part of the Community Sports programme, a team joining the running club at D’Auvergne School and the ship’s physical training (PT) instructor working with the children of Springfield School to show them how to keep fit in a limited space.

Paul Savery, managing director, Barclays Wealth Intermediaries and International Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man, said: ‘We are very excited about this year’s MADD. It is wonderful that the Royal Navy is able to join us in this way and build upon the great relationship we have established though our sponsorship of the Barclays Wealth Jersey Boat Show, which is also strongly supported by the Royal Navy. To be able to have up to 50 team members from Barclays Wealth and HMS IRON DUKE out in the community on one day, helping with a variety of good causes, is a real unique experience for us; I don’t think we’ve ever seen a MAD day like this before and we are grateful to them for their support.”

The combined gardening team from Barclays Wealth and HMS IRON DUKE will have their work cut out to complete the garden transformation in just one day. The work will start at 9am and as well as basic gardening skills, the team will refurbish a pergola and decking area.

During the morning, the PT instructor from HMS IRON DUKE will be at Springfield School to show the youngsters that it is possible to keep fit even with limited space available. The school, which is located in the heart of St Helier, does not have the benefit of a large amount of open space and so is keen to see how the sailors manage with similar limited conditions. At 1pm the Instructor will move on to D’Auvergne School and join their running club to continue the message about keeping fit.

Whilst all this is going on, and in support of the Community Sports Programme, teams will be competing in a five-a-side tournament at Fort Regent. Those participating will include HMS IRON DUKE, Barclays Wealth, the Probation Service and other community partners.

On Saturday the rugby team from HMS IRON DUKE will take on a combined youth and second team at Jersey Rugby Football Club. Barclays Wealth is one of the sponsors of the Club and has arranged this showdown as part of the events to support the Ship’s visit. They will then stay to watch Jersey’s first team match against Tynedale that afternoon.

HMS IRON DUKE, under the command of Commander Nick Cooke-Priest, will be paying a four-day visit to Jersey between Thursday 17 November and Sunday 20 November 2011. The Royal Navy Type 23 frigate will be located on the west berth of St Helier’s Elizabeth Harbour.