As our grant giving reaches record levels, allowing us to make a positive difference to more beneficiaries than ever before, so our need for income increases.
Throughout 2015 our fabulous fundraisers tested endurance and creativity to raise much needed funds to support the Naval Service family past and present. If you’re inspired to take on your own personal fundraising challenge to benefit the RNRMC, we’re here to help. We can provide collection tins, banners, t-shirts and running vests, as well as a free fundraising guide with all the information you need in order to kick start your challenge.
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A team from the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, with 15 Royal Navy riders from HMS Queen Elizabeth and five from industry partners, completed a challenging 5-day ride over 500 miles from Edinburgh to the City of London.
Waved off from Edinburgh Castle on a Saturday morning, some five days in the saddle passed before the determined crew were welcomed by the Lord Mayor of London and model and presenter Jodie Kidd at the finish line outside Guildhall having raised nearly £7,000 for the RNRMC.
Never having walked a single step unaided since a life-changing stroke, David Langley knew that he would never be in a position to cover an equivalent distance between his Surrey home and Twickenham, in the Charity’s annual Road to Twickenham challenge.
Nonetheless, David, an ex-Medical Services Officer in the Royal Naval Reserve for 17 years, was determined to take part, having benefited from the Charity’s grantmaking first-hand. David accessed the rehabilitation and social services of Queen Alexandra Hospital Home (QAHH), which received £40,000 of RNRMC funding, following his stroke.
He managed to raise £220 by walking to and from his nearest post box, just 1000 yards from his front door.
As one of the chosen beneficiary charities, the RNRMC received a cheque for £1,850 following the Vaisakhi Festival Walk, Leicester’s biggest annual event for the Sikh community, which attracts crowds in excess of 20,000 people
Practising for the big event, Elle ran 26 one-mile loops around HMS Calliope on Gateshead Quayside, spurred on by her fellow Reservists and friends from the HMS Calliope Association, many of whom ran alongside her. Later Elle completed the London Marathon itself in a personal best time and raised almost £1,200 for then Charity. “I’m happy and proud to support the RNRMC,” she said. “They do a fantastic job in looking after us, and I know that they’ll be there for me if I ever need them.”
Flown by helicopter to an unknown location in the UK and abandoned with all of their personal belongings removed, a remarkable four-sailor team from 815 Naval Air Squadron in Yeovilton used their initiative to complete an admirable Return to Base challenge. From their starting point in Newcastle, the team – with plenty of support (and donations) from the public along the way – successfully got back to Base via York, London, Portsmouth and finally, Somerset. Nearly £6,000 was raised for the RNRMC.
Vice Patron leads the way!
In September 2015, a select, daredevil group of 40 men and women abseiled down three of London’s most iconic buildings – 30 St Mary Axe, The Leadenhall Building and 20 Fenchurch Street – otherwise known as The Gherkin (180 metres), The Cheesegrater (224 metres) and The Walkie-Talkie (160 metres) to the ground below.
The breathtaking abseiling endeavour – the longest civilian abseil in history, ably supported by Royal Marine Mountain Leaders – raised in excess of £2 million for The Outward Bound Trust and The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.
Pictured: RNRMC Vice Patron Sir Michael Hintze AM beginning his descent of ‘The Cheesegrater’.
Irene, a member of the Royal Marines Pipe Band Association, undertook an epic 50,000 mile journey across the globe raising many thousands of pounds for the RNRMC and Julia’s House children’s hospice in the process.
On her amazing journey, Irene visited all seven continents (including Antarctica) and played the pipes at some remarkable locations, including New York’s Radio City Music Hall, the statue of Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Red Square in Moscow, and even the notorious Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay.
“I was the first piper to play there – and they let me out!” she says.
“I was passionate in choosing the RNRMC and trusted that my fundraising efforts would have a positive effect on serving personnel, veterans and in particular families. The Charity has been hugely supportive and they have taken a keen interest in my journey thus culminating in making this a once in a lifetime challenge and an incredible, emotional and rewarding experience in every way.” – Irene
British adventurer and aviatrix Tracey Curtis-Taylor completed an epic 14,600-nautical mile flight in a 1942 open cockpit Boeing Stearman biplane from the UK to Australia in support of the RNRMC.
The gruelling expedition, which comprised 50 legs across 23 countries, celebrated the aviation pioneers of the 1920s and 30s – especially the achievement of Tracey’s heroine, Amy Johnson.
“It is one of the greatest privileges of my life being made an Honorary Lieutenant Commander with the Royal Naval Reserve and I am proud to support the fantastic work of the RNRMC as part of my own outreach programme. There is a great naval tradition in my family, both with the Royal and Merchant Navies and I like to think that I get my own love of freedom and adventure from my forebears who sailed the high seas on the old clipper routes to India and China in the 19th Century.” – Tracey
“I started a three-year career break and accompanied my wife on her appointment to Gibraltar,” RNRMC fundraiser Pete Murray-Jones explains. “I was determined to embrace the culture and was lucky enough to be taken on a tour of some of the 34 miles of MOD tunnels. I found the experience so awe-inspiring that almost immediately set about learning the history, layout and reasons for excavating such a honeycomb of tunnels within. After many hours of walking, self study and commentary I was accepted into the fold as a MOD WWII tunnel guide.
“Since then I have led countless tours for hundreds of people from visiting units to VIPs to family and friends. My audiences never fail to be amazed by the pure massive scale of the tunnel network. My tours are free, however, being an ex-RN Chief, I always ask for donations towards the RNRMC.
“I am never disappointed by the generosity of my groups and have been honoured and humbled to present sizeable cheques to the Charity annually.”
Over the course of several years, Pusser’s Rum has supported the work of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity. The partnership has seen the brand make sizeable donations to the Charity which total more than £250,000. First introduced to the Navy in 1655 as a substitute for beer, Pussers is one of the most historic and traditional rums available today. There are only two production capacity wooden pot stills in the world, both located in Guyana, South America.
Essential fundraising efforts aren’t just about running marathons and abseiling down buildings. Over 11,500 Naval Service personnel are committed to supporting the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity with a monthly donation taken directly from their salaries.
The efforts of Charity Champions within every ship and unit means that the Royal Navy’s Payroll Giving Scheme – from which all the proceeds are given to the RNRMC – is one of the most widely adopted of all UK employer schemes bringing in an incredible £842,000 to the Charity in 2015. Warrant Officer Catherine Beaton, the Charity Champion on board the Ice Patrol Ship HMS Protector, gave regular Payroll Giving presentations to the ship’s company during her 2015 marathon deployment to Antarctica.