Today we celebrate St Andrew’s Day with a look at what the Charity has been up to in Scotland to support and value our sailors and marines, their families and our veterans North of the border.
Faslane is the home of the Royal Navy’s Vanguard, Astute and Trafalgar Class submarines, Sandown Class Mine Countermeasures vessels, the Faslane Patrol Boat Squadron, members of the First Patrol Boat Squadron, the Glasgow University Royal Naval Unit, the Northern Diving Group and 43 Commando Fleet Protection Group. HMS Archer the Edinburgh University Royal Naval Unit is based in Leith and 45 Commando at Arbroath. The Royal Naval Reserve has two units in Scotland: HMS Dalriada in Glasgow and HMS Scotia in Rosyth. Royal Marines Reserve Scotland's HQ is in Rosyth with detachments in Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow. We receive great support from a number of outstanding Scottish organisations including the MacRobert Trust, Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the Royal Scots Club and many others.
On top of Navy UK wide initiatives, in the last year we have given £125,000 in grants to Scottish based ships and units. We are delighted that after a major transformation including the outdoor play area, the Drumfork Centre is open for business for the families of Helensburgh once again.
We have given a number of grants to look after our beneficiaries to National Charities that operate throughout the Union; a fine example being the 300 children of Scottish Naval families who enjoyed the Kings Foundation Camps this Summer. Specifically, in Scotland we have awarded grants to Erskine Hospital for the care of RN & RM veterans in a specialist long-term residential home specialising in dementia and Poppy Scotland Funding towards the delivery of the Armed Services Advice Project.
To all our great supporters, fundraisers, volunteers, friends and beneficiaries in Scotland have a great day.