The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) have recently awarded respite care charity, Revitalise, with a grant of £11,540, enabling them to provide breaks for disabled ex-Royal Navy personnel and their carers, many of whom are in desperate need of a break following lockdown.
We are thrilled to have benefitted from another year of support with the RNRMC and grateful for their grant, allowing Revitalise to welcome many ex-service personnel to enjoy a break with us.
Jan Tregelles, Revitalise CEO
For 57 years, Revitalise has provided respite care breaks to a huge range of people. These are a vital lifeline to many unpaid home carers and their disabled family members. The RNRMC have worked with Revitalise for a number of years to provide funded breaks for disabled Royal Navy and Royal Marines veterans, as well as their carers.
After months of lockdown it has never been more crucial to support disabled veterans and their carers. This RNRMC grant will enable Revitalise to provide up to 20 vital respite breaks in a safe, social and accessible environment for those Royal Navy beneficiaries who are most vulnerable and most in need.
According to the ONS, 52% of disabled people have been self-isolating during the pandemic, and 70% of carers have been providing more care than usual, without any hope of a break. This has alleviated feelings of isolation and loneliness, negatively affecting the physical and mental health of disabled people and carers.
A break at Revitalise will aim to provide disabled Royal Navy veterans and their carers with crucial respite, helping to combat the heightened stress, loneliness and anxiety for those who have been shielding and for those who care for them.
Revitalise CEO Jan Tregelles said: “We are thrilled to have benefitted from another year of support with the RNRMC and grateful for their grant, allowing Revitalise to welcome many ex-service personnel to enjoy a break with us. The grant is already enabling us to provide support to members of the Royal Navy community and their loved ones, after a particularly difficult year with the pandemic.
Revitalise would like everyone who feels they are struggling to know that help is available are here to give you a warm welcome at our Sandpipers centre, should you need a break or change of scenery.”
One recent Royal Navy guest described their time at the Revitalise:
“Revitalise has a wonderful family feel of togetherness and a positive community atmosphere. It has given me the confidence to connect and meet new people. I have some very precious memories now. I am thankful that Revitalise exists in this country.”
If you would like to find out more about Revitalise respite breaks, please get in touch with their bookings team on 0303 303 0145 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.