Type Supporting children whose parents work, or have worked, for the Naval Service.
Location UK
Grant amount £720,000
Date March 2015
Website http://rnrmchildrensfund.org.uk/ 

What the Charity does for young people

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s Fund has supported children whose parents work, or have worked, for the Naval Service for over a hundred years.

At the outset, the Children’s Fund primarily supported the children of ex-servicemen, although over the years, the evolution of society and war has turned the tide and, at present, around 80% of its beneficiaries’ parents are still serving.

This is, however, not the only aspect of The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s Fund to change and develop since it was established. The areas the Children’s Fund provides support for have expanded and now include childcare, special needs education, days out and in-home support in times of crisis.

An area of particular growth has been the Charity’s focus on assisting children within its remit who have special needs. This work now accounts for nearly half of its awards to beneficiaries.

In the last year alone, The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s Fund has supported over 1,500 children, but with over 40,000 servicemen currently in the Naval Service, it is keen to ensure that naval families know where to find us.

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children's Fund beneficiaries

A serving mum of three who is separated from her husband. As a result of the separation and the health difficulties of her youngest child she left the RN in June 2016. They have three children. The baby was born in September 2015 with Diastematomyelia, Spina Bifida and is very sick requiring a spine operation and hip replacement. She also contracted meningitis as a very young baby. She has required many hospital procedures and ongoing treatments. Her middle child, aged 4, has speech and language difficulties and both the older children have really struggled with their father leaving the family. Her oldest daughter, aged 7, has had to cope with the loss of her father and two younger siblings whose needs take priority over her.

She says: “To the wonderful people at the Children’s Fund. I wanted to write you a letter to thank you for every amazing thing you have done for me and my children. Last year I can tell you was one of the worst years I have ever experienced. ……things were dark and bleak and all I wanted was my family……you took the stress out of the final move home….my babies have been through so much in their short lives and you have made such a huge difference. You assisted in giving me my boy back who was so unbelievably closed down and now is so different to the child 1 year ago! I think you are all amazing people and true angels. People should see the work you do every single day for people like me. It’s so easy to see a single mother struggling and not see the story of how I got there. My journey will continue but with a special place reserved in our hearts for your charity.”