Our Group funding is able to motivate, inspire and boost the morale, teamwork, efficiency and wellbeing of the Naval Service for projects costing as little as £10 and as much as £100,000.
A new weekly film night is providing valuable off-site entertainment for Service personnel at HMNB Clyde, the ever-expanding home of the Submarine Service. The shows kicked off with the latest James Bond film, SPECTRE.
Films are shown at Helensburgh’s Tower Arts Centre on Wednesday and Friday evenings, with children’s movies shown on Saturday mornings. Run in partnership with the Services Sound & Vision Corporation (SSVC), the project is also helping to integrate the Naval Base with the local community.
The building of a new indoor climbing wall at HMS Temeraire was unlocked thanks to a series of £34,000 grants awarded by The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity. The new facility will directly benefit Royal Naval personnel undertaking Naval Service Adventurous Training. Over time, regular sessions on the climbing wall can help develop concentration, determination and problem-solving skills. Strong friendships are being forged among climbing partners due to the level of trust involved and through sharing challenges and experiences.
Children at The Helitots Day Nursery at RNAS Culdrose were beyond excited when we installed brand new play equipment with a £4,306 amenity grant to make play times safer and let their imaginations run riot.
“The refit and refurbishment has made a big difference to us,” says Helitots manager Steph Richards. “It gives us an extra play area for the children to explore and having a pirate ship on the naval base is great fun; the children like to think it’s what their mummies and daddies do!”
Petty Officer Simon Grayson realised his dream of becoming a fine-dining chef as part of his recovery pathway at Hasler Naval Service Recovery Centre.
Simon suffers from a rare genetic condition, Haemochromatosis, which causes severe lethargy and requires regular hospital visits. Notwithstanding his medical condition, he was part of a seven man rowing team which competed in the World Pilot Gig Championships. Between them, the team had to contend with two false limbs, osteoarthritis, spinal calcification and post-traumatic stress disorder. But this was far from Simon’s biggest challenge: he was desperate to fulfill a life’s ambition and trade in his green beret for chef’s whites.
Cue funding support which opened up the opportunity to re-train at the coveted Ashburton Cookery School under the tutelage of some renowned British chefs, including two Michelin star chef Michael Caines.
“Thanks to the funding I received, I’m now in an incredibly strong position to move forward and take on a role in the catering industry as I near the end of my military career,” said Simon.
Supporting his bid, Major Scotty Mills RM, said: “The sense of pride in him is tangible. To bear witness to his transition and progression is an amazing sight and testament to the sterling work of those who have invested so much time and effort in him.”
Since completing his diploma in December, Simon has conducted work placements in a number of local highend restaurants and on the completion of his most recent two month placement has been offered a permanent role in the kitchen of the one Michelin star restaurant, The Treby Arms, working for and alongside Masterchef: The Professionals winner Anton Piotrowski.