To All Our Supporters

We would like to thank you

It was no ordinary year.

By early 2020, people all over the world were forced to contend with a new normal: lockdowns, social distancing, economic crises and travel bans. Serving personnel were separated from their nearest and dearest for even longer. Some of our most vulnerable beneficiaries, hidden and lonely before lockdown, simply vanished from view. Many within our communities became ill with coronavirus or lost loved ones because of it. Many more still people lost their jobs or struggled to make ends meet. But through it all, our supporters remained resolutely by our side.

None of the stories contained within these pages of how the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity collaborated and helped to positively affect the lives of servicemen and women, veterans and Royal Navy families throughout a turbulent and temperamental twelve months would have been possible without the kindness and generosity of our fundraisers, individual donors, corporate, trust and other supporters. The fact that there was no disruption to our Grants programme in 2020 is testimony to your continued support. Sadly, we can’t thank everyone individually here, but we are indebted to each and every one of you.

Thank you to the 14,848 Royal Navy personnel who collectively donated £1,167,125 through their pay in 2020.

Thank you to the members of our corporate partnership scheme ‘The Bridge’. In total these companies made donations totalling £177,128 to support our work in 2020.

Thank you to all the supporters who shopped online with us in 2020 creating 705 orders and generating £12,945 in merchandise sales.

Thank you to British Forces Broadcasting Service for putting together and gifting a virtual Admiralty Carol Service with video contributions from ships, units, and individuals from around the Navy world, all singing along as a truly global choir! This much loved event in the Royal Navy calendar reached a bigger audience than ever before.

Thank you to the wonderful volunteers at The Institute of Naval Medicine who created a volunteer production line to pick, pack and despatch morale-boosting care packages to 650 Royal Navy medics, nurses and medical assistants working on the Covid-19 front line.

Thank you to the inspirational former Royal Marine Frank Allen, who very sadly died on 30th December 2020 and was a great friend of the Charity. Frank provided the all-important logistical support to his wife, Commander Jane Allen in her solo Round Britain coastal walk in 2018 – 2019, an epic endeavour which raised a tremendous amount of money for the RNRMC and Women’s Royal Naval Service Benevolent Trust. The incredible 3,607 Victory Walk was very much focused on giving back to the Service which had given both Frank and Jane so much.

Don’t just take our word for it.

Of course the real beneficiaries of the donations you give us are the are the countless number of serving men and women, naval veterans and their families whose lives have been touched positively by your support for the RNRMC. You will never know who they are, nor will they know that the support they receive from us is directly attributable to your efforts, but please click here to hear from a small selection of those we helped in 2019 thanks to your generosity.

All Ships, Squadrons, Commando units and Royal Navy establishments

Trustees and branches of the Royal Naval Association

Greenwich Hospital

Trusts

  • Armed Forces Covenant Trust
  • The Drapers’ Charitable Fund
  • Headley Court Trust
  • Hintze Family Foundation
  • Much Loved Charitable Trust
  • Nuffield Trust
  • Out of the Blue Foundation
  • Perforce Foundation Fund USA
  • Princess Anne’s Charities Trust
  • Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (Charities) Limited
  • Wimbledon Foundation

Corporate

  • Airbus Defence and Space
  • BAE Systems PLC
  • Boeing
  • ENVITIA
  • ESS
  • Lockheed Martin UK
  • MBDA UK Limited
  • Palantir
  • Pusser’s Rum Ltd
  • Raytheon UK
  • Thales Charitable Trust

Other

  • British Forces Broadcasting Service
  • British Warships Association
  • Heroes Drinks
  • Portsmouth City Council

Individuals

  • Hon Cdr Lance Batchelor RNR and Mrs Wendy Batchelor
  • Simon Black
  • Elaine Bonwell
  • Mark Dowie
  • Mrs Joan Foulner
  • Sir Peter Gershon
  • Dr Brian Gilvary
  • Louis Kenna
  • Hon Captain Sarah Kenny RNR OBE
  • Hugh and Josseline Langmuir
  • Mark Lewthwaite
  • David Pank
  • Simon Pillar
  • James and Bianca Pitt
  • Mark Stollery
  • Sir Bill and Lady Julie Thomas
  • Hugh J Twiss MBE
  • Lady Howard de Walden
  • Hon Commodore The Hon Stephen Watson RNR

Fundraisers

  • Andrew Knox ‘Uncle Harry’s 100th birthday’
  • Christopher Levy and the Nelson-2-Drake Charity Hike Team
  • Gareth Griffiths
  • HMS ARGUS ‘Caribbean Challenge’
  • HMS ARGYLL ‘Highland Games’
  • HMS DIAMOND ‘24hr Circuit’
  • HMS SHOREHAM ‘Beat the Blythe Challenge’
  • Joey Murray ‘D-Day Walks’
  • Lily-Mae Fisher ’10 mile Totnes-to-Dartmouth swim’
  • Neil Robertson ‘Riding the Elevation to Everest’
  • Oxford URNU ‘Nijmegan at hone 1,500km Walk’
  • Rob Allen ‘Running the Spine Race for Peter Reed’
  • Team Doing it for Heroes RNRMC bucket collectors – with thanks to South Western Railway and Twickenham Station staff
  • The Band of HM Royal Marines Collingwood ‘VE Day 75 Challenge’

Leave a gift in your will

Every time someone leaves a gift with the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity in their Will, they are entrusting us to ensure that it makes a positive difference to the lives of the Royal Navy servicemen and women, veterans and families. Every gift, no matter what size, has a lasting impact. We are indebted to all those who choose to support us in this way.

If, after reading this Report, you are moved to support the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity with a legacy gift, it won’t cost you a penny in your lifetime, but will have an enduring impact on future generations of sailors, marines and Royal Navy families.

Making provision for our beneficiaries isn’t complicated or costly. To start a conversation, please get in touch with Jo Miles who will be happy to guide through your options: jo.miles@rnrmc.org.uk or 023 9387 4677.

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