As young men and women walk through the gates of HMS Raleigh, Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth or the Commando Training Centre to join the Naval Service, they can rely on our charitable support throughout their lives.
The breadth of our Group enables us to support serving individuals, their ships, units and families and continue that support after they hang up their uniforms.
We work with charities that provide nursing, treatment, equipment and respite care for elderly veterans. Among the general population of the UK, it is estimated that over 6.1 million people are members of the ex-Service community with half of these experiencing long-term illness or disability. The men and women of our Naval Service make huge sacrifices for the nation and we try to do all that we can to support them in old age.
We provide a lifeline to wounded, injured and sick personnel at times when they need it the most and restore dignity and purpose to lives that have been turned upside down. Our funding helps with medical bills, prosthetics, adaptive sports equipment, retraining and employment.
We support charities that provide childcare, special needs education, days out and in-home support for families, as well as counselling for parents and children.
We work shoulder-to-shoulder with charities that provide urgent assistance to serving personnel who find themselves facing difficult times and do our utmost to put them back on an even keel.
We are proud to partner with charities that help find high-quality employment for veterans, based on a unique understanding of their skills and ambitions. We also fund charities working alongside veterans with complex needs arising from combat-related stress.
Thanks to funding from The Royal Marines Charity, the Royal Marines Association’s Veteran Support Network was given a tremendous boost. A total of 45 new volunteer support officers were recruited and were able to receive full training. When combined with the team of 70 individuals already delivering welfare support and camaraderie, the Network has impressive reach throughout the UK. Many veterans find themselves struggling to adjust when they leave the Corps but the Network gives former Royal Marines and their families comprehensive advice and support as well referral access to other agencies.
With more than 20,000 military personnel expected to enter the civilian jobs market by 2020, it is key for ex-Service men and women to be sufficiently equipped to secure work on leaving the Forces.
Nearly 150 medically downgraded or former Royal Marines benefited from a programme of mentoring from an experienced HR Director and representatives from local businesses organised by the Royal Marines Charity.
“The Royal Marines Charity has been vital in helping me in my transition from military to civilian life,” says Jamie Falvey, who left the Royal Marines in 2015 to develop a careeras a personal trainer. “The team put me in touch with vital business contacts and helped me with funding towards my new personal training business. Without them it is safe to say I would not have come this far in this relatively short period of time.”
Jamie launched his business as a personal trainer, nutritionist and fitness coach at the beginning of the year and recently held an Open Day at his studio to raise money for the Royal Marines Charity.
2015 marked a record year for the Royal Navy Officers’ Charity both in terms of the number of applications received and the total amount given in grants and annuities which totalled £316,286 (up 15% from 2014). Over 200 regular and one-off grants of between £60 and £9,000 were dispersed to serving and former Royal Navy and Royal Marines officers and their families; the oldest officer being 93 years old and the youngest just 23. Over £19,000 was spent to help children continue and complete their education during difficult times and family upheavals.