Since its formation in 2007 The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity has financially supported 221 Naval Service families after the unimaginable loss of a loved one whilst wearing the uniform. In 2018 we were able to offer financial assistance to 12 families facing the most unthinkable and difficult period in their lives. Often in the immediate aftermath of a person’s death, their assets are temporarily frozen adding an extra burden on the loved ones left behind and mourning the loss. The RNRMC’s ‘Death in Service’ grant is issued within 36 hours of notification, helping to alleviate any financial worries.
With the cost of funerals rising on average by 40% since 2011, Trustees increased the grant amount to £15,000 in 2018 for all Naval Service personnel. Speaking about the charity’s decision to increase the ‘Death in Service’ grant, Director of Relationships and Funding, Mandy Lindley, said: “No amount of money can replace the life of a loved one, but we hope this immediate support will help them through a particularly distressing time.”
“Please accept my thanks from the bottom of my heart for the very generous sum of money that I have received after my husband sadly lost his cancer battle and passed away. I am extremely grateful as it has enabled me to cover the cost of things I would have struggled with and to give my children a holiday and get us away for a long overdue break away. Me and my children can’t thank you all enough. The Royal Navy will always be my family in my eyes and hand on heart, The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity has helped me and my family through some of the toughest and most trying times we had to endure. Forever grateful.”