Royal Navy, Its Charity of Choice Formalize Ongoing Relationship
On September 26, as HMS Duncan, the navy’s newest warship, prepared for her commissioning ceremony, the Second Sea Lord Vice Admiral David Steel and the Chairman of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, Vice Admiral Sir Richard Ibbotson, signed a Partnering Agreement to formally document the unique and ongoing relationship shared between the Royal Navy and its charity of choice.
The Partnering Agreement presents a shared vision for the future, with the well-being of the Service placed at centre stage.
Since its inception, the RNRMC’s priority has, and still is, people. The charity exists solely to enhance the conditions for, and well-being and morale of, Serving personnel whilst also supporting their families and caring for the veteran community.
The Second Sea Lord Vice Admiral David Steel said:
“The RNRMC contributes so much to the welfare of Naval personnel and their families.
“The £6.5 million they gave in grants last year is only one measure of their substantial work.
“Either directly or indirectly our sailors, submariners, airmen commandos and their loved ones have all benefited from the work of the charity.”
Vice Admiral Sir Richard Ibbotson said:
“This agreement offers the RNRMC a platform from which to engage in effective co-operation and with shared use of resources to best effect.
“I am delighted that we have the Navy Board’s commitment to collaborate on significant and focused projects.
“Furthermore, the Charity will ramp-up its presence at new entry courses and will work ever more closely with units, ships and headquarters staff.
“We hope to make the RNRMC the charity of choice for not only the Royal Navy…but of its people too.”
The Navy Board’s preferred charity has come a long way since its inception. Over the past six years, over 70 charities, funds and trusts have come under the ‘RNRMC umbrella’ – and together they form the RNRMC Group which works to improve the lives of all who serve.
With the Partnering Agreement in place the Royal Navy and its principle charity – the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity – have defined and accelerated their relationship and look forward to forging a future together for the benefit of all involved.
Press Release, September 30, 2013; Image: Royal Navy