The Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund (RMCTF) granted £200,000 more in 2014 to Royal Marines beneficiaries thanks to a monumentally successful year of fundraising.

In total, £2.1 million was distributed across the Corps via the Charity’s three pathways: Quality of Life (£810,320); Recovery (£297,078); and Through-Life care (£515,074).

The organisation, a part of The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, attributed a large part of its success to community fundraising initiatives and large-scale events, which were conveniently held in the 350th anniversary year of the formation of the Royal Marines.


Photo: Personnel from Logistics Company of 42 Commando in front of the RM350 Memorial

From abseiling challenges led by charity ambassadors such as Bear Grylls in London to a Gibraltar Rock Race which featured Superman actor Henry Cavill, both the RMCTF and the Corps enjoyed a wave of worldwide recognition and celebration.

“We are extremely grateful to everyone who donated to the RMCTF last year, enabling us to increase our output to Royal Marines and their families by nearly an extra 10 per cent,” said RMCTF Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Ball.

“The Corps itself played its part, as we knew it would, bringing international attention to our work through the 1664 challenge. Now however, we need to keep the momentum up.

“While the birthday celebrations might be over, our amphibious fighting force is still out there 365-days a year carrying out anti-piracy duties, protecting the nuclear deterrent, guarding our embassies and on Special Forces operations.”

Major milestones for the charity in 2014 included putting 159 marines through the recovery pathway with grants totalling £297,000; supporting 261 veterans (£237,000); funding trauma risk management for veterans (£53,000); supporting the serving RM community through family events (£37,000) and funding RM Cadet activities (£35,500).

Read more about the work of the RMCTF in its latest Impact Report, which is available online from mid-late June at rmctf.org.uk