The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) in partnership with Greenwich Hospital have granted £60,000 in support of veterans who have served in the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines. This vital fund will allow a range of interventions to prevent homelessness within the Naval community.
The RNRMC exists to support sailors, marines, and their families, such George*:
His first few months of training didn’t go as planned, ending the 21-year-old’s career in the Royal Marines. With no family to reach out to and no qualifications, George was at risk of homelessness if he didn’t find accommodation before being discharged.
Luckily, George got in touch with Veterans Aid and on the day of his discharge, he moved to their New Belvedere House. With the active support from the Veterans Aid team, George is preparing to embark on a paid internship with the prospect of a permanent job afterwards when he completes the period of instruction. This is much easier for him knowing that he has a safe and secure roof over his head at VA’s New Belvedere House.
Dr Hugh Milroy, CEO of Veterans Aid said:
‘We are grateful to receive yet another grant from the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines Charity and Greenwich Hospital. Veterans Aid has worked throughout the pandemic and this fund will help us to ensure that our vital services are available to ex-servicemen and women when they need them most. Working with a caring and supportive partner like the RNRMC takes such a weight from our shoulders. They truly understand the need to provide realistic support to frontline operations such as ours. Their focused approach is a perfect example of how a large charity can be profoundly effective in these challenging times.’
Mandy Lindley, RNRMC’s Director of Relationships and Funding said:
‘2021 has been another difficult year for many in the Royal Navy community, but especially for our vulnerable veterans. Thankfully, Veterans Aid have continued to provide first-class support, even during the incredibly challenging conditions of lockdown at the beginning of the year. We are very pleased to continue our partnership with Veterans Aid and know that they will be there, as ever, for veterans in crisis in 2022.’
If you would like to find out more about Veterans Aid or how to access their support, please visit their website, or call their freephone helpline on 0800 012 6867.
*A pseudonym has been used to protect privacy.