It is with a heavy heart that the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity must inform friends and supporters of the Charity that John Thompson MBE BEM sadly passed away on Sunday 14th November.
John was a founding Trustee of the RNRMC and long-standing Naval Service Benevolent Fund Committee member. His leadership, guidance and encouragement was so critical to establishing the RNRMC as the principal charity of the Royal Navy, which today distributes in excess of £7 million every year to support beneficiaries.
John’s advocacy and support for all those in the Royal Navy extends much further back than helping to establish the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity in 2007. He was involved with the Royal Navy Benevolent Trust from 1985, serving both as Vice President and Honorary Treasurer during which time he was instrumental in transforming the former Royal Navy School of Motoring on Tipner Road into Castaway House. Today, the building stands as a proud legacy to John and serves as a melting pot of cooperation and collaboration between a number of different naval charities and organisations meeting the needs of naval beneficiaries and working together to address missed and unmet need.
It is evident that John espoused the values for which the Royal Navy is well-renowned throughout his life, evidenced by his well deserved recognitions for services to charity and public life. We will always remain humbled and heartened by the towering contribution John made to the formation and development of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and by his steadfast commitment to support every sailor, marine and Royal Navy family from day one and for every day after.
All Trustees both past and present, staff and volunteers of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, offer their heartfelt sympathies to John's family and friends.