The Royal Navy has reaffirmed its strategic relationship with The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) at a commemorative Battle of Jutland dinner, held at Mansion House in London, and hosted by the Lord Mayor.

Vice Admiral Jonathan Woodcock, OBE Second Sea Lord and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff, co-signed a Charter with RNRMC Chairman Bill Thomas at a fundraising event on 9 June, which seeks to underpin the ongoing cooperation and support for the welfare and wellbeing of Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel.

Photo (left to right): RNRMC Chairman Bill Thomas, CEO Robert Robson and Vice Admiral Jonathan Woodcock


Pledges made in the Charter from the Royal Navy to the charity include: championing and supporting the fundraising activities of the RNRMC; promoting partnership between all naval charities; facilitating charity staff access to ships, submarines, Commando units, squadrons and other establishments in order to promote the Royal Navy’s Payroll Giving scheme; and providing personnel and equipment, where manning allows, in support of charitable activities.

In return the charity has committed to continue to support the funding of projects where the assessed need is greatest; actively seek funds to facilitate its grant-giving; administer the Royal Navy’s Payroll Giving Scheme; support the Navy Board’s requirement to attract and retain talent within the Naval Service; and act as spokesperson for the naval charity sector at a national level.

Bill Thomas said of the occasion: “It is of strategic importance that our charity is able to work directly alongside the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, particularly its personnel welfare teams, so that we are able to help the Navy Board attract and retain the talent it needs to deliver the best Navy in the world.”

Royal Navy needs its charity

Vice Admiral Jonathan Woodcock said: “More than ever the Royal Navy depends on the funding and good-will of its charities to keep its personnel performing at the top of their game. Whether this be through the provision of morale-boosting teambuilding and entertainment grants, or, through its sponsorship of Families Days so that our personnel can bring their families closer to us, we are eternally grateful for its enduring support. The very least we can do is support them in their mission, wherever we can.”

The Battle of Jutland banquet dinner perfectly signified the renewal of the Charter for both parties, having raised more than £130,000 for the RNRMC through ticket sales, voluntary donations and a silent auction. A total of 250 guests, ranging from charitable donors and trustees, to senior naval officers attended the event.