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Surprise! Navy recruit's shock as mum flies from Caribbean to Cornwall for passing out parade

Quaci Crosby had no idea his mum would be at the parade Photo: BFBS

A Royal Navy recruit got a big surprise when his mum turned up for his passing-out parade - after a fellow trainee paid for her flight from the Caribbean.

Quaci Crosby was among a group of sailors celebrating the end of their training at HMS Raleigh in Torpoint.

He had no idea his mum, Althea, would be among the families and friends invited to the parade.

Unknown to him, his classmate Cameron Hawes had secretly paid for and organised his mum’s flight so she could be there for her son’s big day.

The friends say they will keep in touch after finishing their training Credit: BFBS

It was very important to have my mum here because joining the Royal Navy was one of my dreams. Seeing that she is here to share it with me is the best thing that has ever happened to me in my life. I have no words to explain how grateful I am to Cameron for what he has done for me today.

– Recruit Quaci Crosby
Althea flew all the way from the Caribbean to be at the parade Credit: BFBS

I was excited and nervous all at once. He had been trying to FaceTime me and I had to decline the call to keep it all a big secret. It was thrilling and wonderful. It was great to be here and see all of the recruits. I am so proud.

– Mum Althea Crosby

Recruit Cameron's mum Sarah arranged and covered the cost of Mrs Crosby’s transport to Plymouth and her accommodation. She also enlisted other families to help host Mrs Crosby during her stay in the UK.

His generosity later earned him a surprise of his own when he was presented with a commendation by HMS Raleigh’s Commanding Officer, Captain Rich Harris, during the passing-out parade.

Althea said she was nervous and excited Credit: BFBS

Early on in our training we were talking about our parade and who we wanted to invite. Crosby said that while he wanted to bring his mum, he didn’t have the funds to bring her across and I thought that was a bit sad. I phoned my mum and said I wanted to do something. Before I joined the Royal Navy I worked in a sports centre and I saved as much money as I could. Everyone in our training class is close, but Crosby and I have been best friends from the start really. We share the same opinions on most things and he’s always had my back. I’ve found training really stressful, but he’s been really supportive. I asked if anyone would else would like to contribute, to make it a group thing, rather than just me, and we’ve raised about £500, which is nearly half the cost of the flight. It’s been quite hard to keep it a secret. As a class we haven’t really spoken about it because we’ve been busy every day, but as the day grew nearer we started to get excited.

– Recruit Cameron Hawes