A recent cash injection from The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) is enabling the Union Jack Club to continue to roll out improvements to its accommodation and facilities.

The private members club for forces families, based in Waterloo, London, received a grant of £50,000 this year from the Charity to refurbish its seventh floor. This is in addition to a £30,000 grant, awarded in 2013, to make improvements to its sixth floor.

The RNRMC is among several key financial backers to the Club, which was established in 1907 by Ethel McCaul, a Royal Red Cross nurse, who was adamant that servicemen and women from the ranks should have a haven for themselves in the capital.

Thankful for support

In its November newsletter, the Union Jack Club thanked the RNRMC and its other contributors with the following update:

'We are always looking to enhance our Members’ experience in the Union Jack Club and sometimes it is the small things that make the most impact.  

'We have now included hairdryers, tissues and biscuits in all the bedrooms along with new enhanced banqueting chairs, CCTV and laundry facilities.

'With wintertime fast approaching we are pleased to inform you that some major changes have taken place behind the scenes in the Club. A brand new building management system and heat exchangers will ensure that there is hot water and an efficient radiator system throughout, whenever required. These improvements will help control our energy consumption, saving significant amounts of money in the future.

"Further improvements to accommodation have included refurbishment of the 3rd and 9th floors thanks to grants from the Royal Air Force Central Fund and the Nuffield Trust. 

'Funding was also received from the Army Central Fund for the renovation of the Restaurant and the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity are supporting the refurbishment of the 7th floor. We have received 2 legacies in 2014 totalling £92,000. These have been used for ongoing improvements to the Club and we plan to continue to refurbish the bedrooms throughout 2015 as well as improving the public rooms and behind the scenes’ facilities.'