Kirsty hikes Pen Y Fan with the Royal Naval Association

On 29th July, Shaping Portsmouth’s Education & Community Lead and Female Royal Navy Veteran Kirsty Hill attended the Royal Naval Association female-only weekend in Wales, and what a weekend she had climbing Pen Y Fan and jumping into waterfalls with some incredibly inspirational women.

The Royal Naval Association is the biggest collective group of Royal Naval veterans and serving personnel, providing those with a link to the Royal Navy access to a life-long community of like-minded and supportive individuals. Their community provides companionship, resilience, comradeship and unity to anyone and everyone with a Naval story, supporting them through life’s highs and lows.

Kirsty said “My work at Shaping Portsmouth can expose me to all sorts of different environments and people. At times it can be spaces I don’t feel seen or accepted in but it has recently enabled me to reconnect with the Armed Forces Community in a way that has reignited my passion for female veterans. I had the most incredible but challenging experience and I have returned home feeling inspired to do more, connect more and enjoy more experiences like this with a community of women who just get it! We pulled together and laughed our way through two of the best days I’ve had in a very long time”