Perspective from the Warrant Officer of The Naval Service

Our Charity - by our side

Our Service is in high demand, delivering operational success at sea, on land and in the air. We are transforming the force, leveraging technology and confronting rapid change across all areas of Naval Service output.

As we continue to grow as people and as a force committed to our nation, our mission and each other, it is all the more reassuring to know that our charity, the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, is by our side and there for our families no matter what.

Just as the Royal Navy operates around the world, so does its Charity. Whether it is working in partnership with us to improve conditions, provide welfare services or extend the network of support available to our dependants in our absence, the RNRMC has become a beacon on which we can all depend, whether at sea or ashore.

“… I am particularly heartened by the Charity’s partnering with Combat Stress, Veterans Outreach Support, Relate and others to deliver a comprehensive package of counselling and mental health support.”

The outstretched hand of the Charity has been hard at work over the past year, reaching the milestone of £60 million in grants distributed since its formation in 2007, and making a real difference, not just to the lives of individuals, but also to the welfare and morale of Royal Navy and Royal Marines units and other sister charities. It partnered with 43 charities (up from 4 in 2008) and awarded 330 minor grants (up from 44) to deliver support across the Service. Large-scale projects undertaken in 2018 and detailed within these pages, such as the refurbishment of the Drumfork Centre and the development of Family Flats within Naval establishments, demonstrate that the Charity understands the unique demands made on our people, appreciates our work and is taking practical steps to improve the quality of life for all those who serve. As the Naval Service Mental Health Champion, I am particularly heartened by the Charity’s partnering with Combat Stress, Veterans Outreach Support, Relate and others to deliver a comprehensive package of counselling and mental health support.

The global footprint of today’s Royal Navy is matched by that of The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity. Wherever the White Ensign flies, our charity can be found. On behalf of the entire naval family, thank you for all that you have done and continue to do for our sailors and marines, for their families and for our veteran community. Your unwavering support means a very great deal to us all.

Hear from WO1 Nick Sharland about how the charity continues to support the whole naval service
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