First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip Jones has praised The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity as the National Charity of the Royal Navy, as it reflects on 10 years of supporting sailors, marines and their families.

Ten years, one aim

Since it was founded in 2007, the charity has had one simple aim; to value and support our sailors, our marines and their families, for life.

In the last 10 years, the charity has distributed over £50 million in grants to those in uniform, to their families waiting at home for their safe return and to service veterans. It is estimated that approximately 700,000 members of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines family are in the charity's beneficiary pool.

In a direct address to The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip Jones said,

"I speak on behalf of all of our sailors and marines and their families when I say how proud we are of our charity and how grateful we are for all that it does on our behalf.

Sailors, Marines and their families

Some of the charity's recent grantmaking projects include funding a family accommodation block of flats at HMNB Portsmouth for families to enable time together; nationwide funding for relationship counselling for families through Relate Counselling; subsidising Kings Camp activity holidays for children at naval bases; and support for veterans and families transitioning from service to civilian life.

"This funding has supported projects ranging from £10 to £100,000 which have helped bring about greater efficiency, foster teamwork and raise moral, thereby helping to ensure life in the royal navy and royal marines is as good as it can be for service men and women and their loved ones."

A growing need

First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip Jones continued,

"As operational demands continue to grow, supporting the families of those deployed is as important now as it has ever been.

Equally significant is the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity’s continued support to our veterans, which helps ensure that they are looked after long after they hang up their uniform."

Looking to the future

"As for the future, this is a hugely exciting time for the Royal Navy as we introduce a new generation of ships, submarines and aircraft. It’s absolutely fitting that the RNRMC is the affiliated charity of the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, our latest and most powerful addition to the fleet, which is a sign of how our relationship will continue to strengthen and grow in the years ahead. 

So for all you have done, we give you our thanks. Congratulations on the last ten years and here is to the next ten."

Watch the full address from First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip Jones below: