A NAVY reservist originally from Winchester has been featured in a film put together as part of a new campaign.

The campaign has been launched to highlight real-life personnel who give back to their local community outside of their work in the Navy, to highlight it as a “force for good”.

The film stars navy personnel and veterans. For example, a veteran who is now an actor helping fellow veterans find work in the arts, another, a lieutenant in the Royal Navy Reserve, who is also a marine biologist helping fight plastic pollution in seas, and a reservist who volunteers for his local ambulance services and the RNLI.

Hampshire Chronicle: Alongside his position as a navy reservist, Mark volunteers for South Central Ambulance ServiceAlongside his position as a navy reservist, Mark volunteers for South Central Ambulance Service (Image: Royal Navy)Featured is Lieutenant Commander Mark Bannister.

Mark, 46, originally from Winchester and now living in Burnham, Buckinghamshire, joined the Maritime Reserves in October 2022 and is currently a full-time reservist at Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth.

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Alongside his role in the Navy, Mark also volunteers for South Central Ambulance Service, South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust and the RNLI and previously volunteered with St Johns delivering COVID-19 vaccinations to members of the public.

Hampshire Chronicle: Mark is also a volunteer for the RNLIMark is also a volunteer for the RNLI (Image: Royal Navy)When he’s not volunteering, Mark can be found running, cycling and mountaineering. 

Called ‘A Celebration of Duty’, the campaign aims to celebrate Royal Navy personnel who give back, in the hope of reinforcing its appeal to younger generations. 

The campaign launched on Saturday, November 18 with the film being shown on the Piccadilly Circus digital billboard in London, and is also being rolled out at cinemas and indoor/outdoor advertising spaces across the country.