Stories from 2020
Military Charities Working Together To Help
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been brutal and far-reaching, wreaking havoc on physical and mental health, as well as the economy. This has led to many organisations tightening their belts and cutting staff, leaving a huge number of people out of work. Throughout the crisis, military charities have continued to work together to help those in the naval community facing financial hardship and employment difficulties.
Protecting The Naval Community’s Most Vulnerable
As the COVID-19 pandemic gripped the nation in 2020, a key priority for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity was to protect the most vulnerable in the Royal Navy community, particularly elderly veterans. Last year the RNRMC awarded a grant of £10,000 to Erskine to help purchase thermal imaging equipment for their four Homes and their Activities Centre in response to COVID-19.
Delivering Some Welcome Light Relief To The Covid-19 Front Line
Morale-boosting care packages full of gifts and treats were handed out in 2020 to Royal Navy medics fighting on the front line of the coronavirus battleground. More than 650 Royal Navy medics, nurses and medical assistants working shoulder to shoulder with colleagues in the NHS at the vanguard of the national response to the pandemic were surprised by a care package full of treats and essentials put together by the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity in conjunction with corporate partner ESS.
An Alliance Of Mental Health Support
At the beginning of 2020 the RNRMC became part of the Military Mental Health Alliance, an informal consortium of healthcare providers, charities and other organisations across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight working in partnership to create interconnected services designed to provide mental health support for veterans, serving personnel, reservists and their families.
Supporting Our Hong Kong Chinese Veterans
Hong Kong is home to one of the largest, proudest and most cohesive groups of UK Armed Forces veterans outside the UK. Whilst over 1,000 former Gurkhas still live and work there, so do some 8,500 Hong Kong Chinese Royal Navy and British Army veterans with their dependants. Who are these veterans?
As the nation went into Lockdown in 2020, the RNRMC became increasingly concerned about some of its most vulnerable and deserving beneficiaries whose access to basic foodstuffs, either because they were unable to leave the house or because of surges in public demand, was becoming increasingly difficult.
Keeping Families Connected When They’re Oceans Apart
During unprecedented periods of lockdown and social distancing over the last year, more people than ever have felt the sting of loneliness and isolation. Some may argue that prolonged separation from loved ones is part and parcel to all those who serve in the Royal Navy, but against a backdrop of a global pandemic and with ever-increasing enforced restrictions at home, 2020 deployments have been especially hard to bear.
Helping Along The Road To Recovery
Many Wounded Injured and Sick (WIS) personnel can feel disengaged from the service through being signed off on shore for long periods of time. The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) works closely with Hasler Naval Service Recovery Centre (NSRC) to support the recovery of WIS personnel and has recently provided a grant to fund a week at Pentillie Estate, Cornwall, allowing Hasler assigned ranks to gain some respite.
Summer Camps Triumph Against The Odds
Witnessing a succession of event cancellations and postponements last year as well as huge disruption to schooling and very few opportunities for family recreation, RNRMC Head of Grants Anne Carr was determined to do whatever she could to keep a much-loved service for Royal Navy families up and running in 2020, despite the challenges this presented.
Making Life Better for Naval Family Carers
Many young people from all walks of life provide care support to family members, but with one parent away at sea the responsibility can fall heavily on the children in Royal Navy households. Seventeen year old Anna* is an example of the difference that the transformation difference the RNRMC can make to the life of carers in Naval families, thanks to its partnership with the charity KIDS and funding of the pioneering Young Carers project.
Spotlight on Charity Partners: Naval Children’s Charity
The Naval Children’s Charity offers help to children aged up to 25 of parents or guardians who are serving or ex-serving members of the Royal Navy including the Reserves and Royal Fleet Auxiliary. We work closely with other Naval charities giving financial support and grants in times of need.
Spotlight on Charity Partners: The Royal Navy Benevolent Trust
The Royal Naval Benevolent Trust (RNBT) provides financial assistance and support to Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel and their families in times of need. Based in Castaway House and co-located with a number of other naval benevolence charities, there is genuine strength in the spread of charitable cover that these charities offer: officers, ratings, marines, Wrens, as well as their children. The personal response they offer to those in need was never in more demand than over 2020 as the effects of the Covid-19 crisis...