Submarine hero charity gets off to a grand start

Lt Cdr Ian Molyneux's widow Gill cutting the cake at the first charity night in Ian's memory with Lt Cdr Chris Hodge (left) who was also shot onboard HMS Astute and Lt Cdr Richard Bowie (right) who is Ian's best friend
Lt Cdr Ian Molyneux's widow Gill cutting the cake at the first charity night in Ian's memory with Lt Cdr Chris Hodge (left) who was also shot onboard HMS Astute and Lt Cdr Richard Bowie (right) who is Ian's best friend
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HUNDREDS of people joined the widow of a murdered Wigan submariner to remember how he lived, not how he died.

Lt Cdr Ian Molyneux’s wife Gill, was determined to make sure that the first charity night held in her husband’s memory was a celebration of his life rather than focusing on the tragic circumstances of his death.

That was certainly achieved and the evening was one that Moly, as he was known, would have been proud of as Gill’s effort in organising the event, on May 5, saw 300 people attend and £7,000 raised for charity.

The devoted family man was shot dead on board his submarine, HMS Astute, by crewmate Ryan Donovan in April last year.

And the event, at Robin Park Profiles Suite, was made even more memorable by the special guests, which included Lt Cdr Chris Hodge, who was among those shot on that fateful day, and Lt Cdr Richard Bowie who was Ian’s best friend.

Gill said: “There were more than 300 people who attended on the night. It was completely breathtaking to see so many people there to remember Ian and support the charity in his name.

“We raised in the region of £7,000 and there are still donations coming in through the online donation page that is still open for a short while.

“It was important for me and the children that Ian was remembered for how he lived, not how he died, so the night was a celebration of his life.

“Having his two best friends there with us, made the night complete.”

Lt Cdr Hodge has made a remarkable recovery after also being shot on board HMS Astute when Ian was killed.

He was the Marine Engineering Officer at the time a good friend of Ian.

Lt Cdr Bowie was Ian’s best friend and the Weapons Engineering Officer, which is the same position held by Ian, only Lt Cdr Bowie served on HMS Tireless.

The money raised will go to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines (RNRM) charity which, among other things, supports the families of serving Navy and Marine personnel and which has helped the Molyneux family since Ian’s death.

Gill and Ian have four children together, Jamie, Arron, Bethie and Charlie, who have all been supported by the charity.

Gill added: “A huge thank you goes out to all the people that supported the night either with donations or prizes as well as in joining us at the event itself.

“It was a magnificent effort and the money will help the RNRM continue supporting service personnel and their families.”

To donate to Gill’s cause visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/GillMolyneux