Our strategic partnership with the Royal Navy makes us uniquely placed to address the needs of today’s serving Royal Navy and Royal Marines, as well as those of tomorrow.
“We focus our giving to where it really matters, whether it’s to our men and women at sea or to put a smile on the faces of their families.”
WO1 Gary Nicolson MBE
Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity Trustee and
Naval Service Amenity Fund Committee Chairman
As a charity, our unique remit means that we are there for the best of times and through the worst of times. We are there to pay a grant of £12,000 within 24 hours to the loved ones of those who die in service, be it on the battlefield or through illness or accident at home. The is in no way an attempt to compensate for loss of life, but a supportive hand in the aftermath of tragedy to help with all the immediate practicalities that families may face.
Since 2008, we have supported the families of 182 men and women in the Naval Service.
Every year all operational units receive a grant to boost everyone's morale while they're serving from home. This funding is devolved to the Commanding Officer of each unit to spend as they see fit.
The Royal Navy is the most committed and hard-working of any in the world. Through our Major Amenity grant programme, we strive to make the working and recreational areas used by serving personnel and veterans the best they can be. A demonstration of our commitment in this area has been a major refurbishment of the Warrant Officer and Senior Rates Mess at HMS Sultan, comprising 15 individual projects. The £850,000 funding we provided in conjunction with the Nuffield Trust and others, has provided 21st century facilities for a 21st century Navy and will contribute to the Royal Navy’s priority to recruit and retain the next generation of naval engineers and the high quality instructors needed to train them.
We recognise and reward the professional excellence and achievement of Naval Service personnel.
Herbert Lott awards
We presented a total of 39 Herbert Lott Efficiency Awards, with a combined value of £13,000, to individuals throughout the Naval Service in their recognition of professional excellence.
Citations from Herbert Lott Award nominations:
“She seeks no plaudits for herself, simply the enjoyment from her work which adds enormous benefit to the lives and careers of others. Her contribution to the Personnel Support Group has been in the finest traditions of the Service.”
“He has proved himself a highly capable and professional leader who, when faced with the most challenging of tasks, has knuckled down and delivered with little or no support. He has more than proved his worth and has made many personal sacrifices to ensure his colleagues have received the best training possible.”
Through the Naval Service Sports Charity and the Royal Marines Sports Association, we provide funding to over 70 sports associations and clubs to help keep our men and women fighting fit.
Naval Service Sports Charity (NSSC)
The Naval Service Sports Charity (NSSC) maintained its level of grants to Sports Associations at £270k in a year of notable successes. The Volleyball Team won the Inter Service Championships for the first time since 1975, and the RN and UK Armed Forces Sports Team of the Year award. The Rugby League Team retained the Inter Service Championships title they won in 2014, while both the Ladies’ Basketball team and Indoor Rowers won their first-ever Inter Services Championships.
The NSSC also supported 30 competitors in athletics, karate, judo, skydiving, indoor rowing and powerlifting at World and European level, (up from 18 in 2014) and at National level in cycling, triathlon, powerlifting and skiing.
We’re on hand to help with small pieces of equipment, family days and other teambuilding events, build communities and bring people together.