Fundraising is our lifeblood, and without our generous supporters, tireless fundraisers and selfless volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to help the thousands of remarkable men and women and children whose lives we touch every year. Here are the stories of two of our inspirational fundraisers.
Chief Petty Officer Andy ‘Gibbo’ Gibbs and the ‘Doing it For Heroes’ Team
A fundraiser for almost ten years, Andy ‘Gibbo’ Gibbs has raised in excess of £ 525,000 for the Armed Forces community. CPO Gibbs joined the Royal Navy in 1987 and has been in the Service for over thirty years.
Gibbo and his dedicated team of volunteers have collected a massive £59,000 for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity. Frequently to be found collecting in uniform outside Twickenham throughout the Six Nations or outside Wembley Stadium before a sell-out concert, he says that much of the job is being a ‘face’ for the Charity:
“It’s not just about raising money, it’s about raising the charity’s profile,” he says, “There are charities out there which are very tri-service based, but the RNRMC does brilliant, specific work. The more people know about it, the more they are likely to donate – and that becomes a benefit for the people who need it.” He continues, “The RNRMC has a very different approach to that of other charities I have raised funds for. This includes the team of volunteers being made to feel very welcome with personal messages of thanks after completing big collections. It makes us all feel very appreciated.”
From wing-walking to underwater marathons, we never fail to be surprised by the lengths you go to to raise money for the the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.
The Victory Walker
A Retired Commander with the Royal Naval Reserve has chosen to spend the first couple of years of her retirement taking on a gruelling 5,500-mile charity walk around mainland Britain’s coastline.
Commander Jane Allen, marked her 37-year career by beginning her Victory Walk outside Admiral Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory, in Portsmouth in October 2017.
The Victory Walk has continued almost uninterrupted since then with Jane raising money all the while for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and the Women’s Royal Naval Service Benevolent Trust.
Commander Allen, who is supported by her husband and former Royal Marine, Frank, will aim to complete the 5,500-mile challenge and return to Portsmouth by September this year.
The final leg will see Jane return to do her final miles around Portsmouth and finish at HMS Victory.
“Having had a long Naval Service and being closely involved with the WRNS100 Centenary year, selecting the RNRMC and WRNS BT charities was the obvious choice,” she said.
“Between us, Frank and I, have almost 70 years’ service in the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, from Aden to Afghanistan. The Victory Walk seemed a good way of marking the end of my career, taking on an epic challenge and ‘giving back’.” To date, Jane has raised over £20,000 for the two charities and is still accepting donations at virginmoneygiving.com/victorywalk17-18