D-Day 75, 2019
Due to severe availability of accommodation in Normandy the Royal British Legion have very kindly made an offer to take a number of WW2 Naval Veterans over to France for D-Day 75 and have hired a cruise ship to enable this to happen.
The outline plan is for the Veterans to join the ship in Dover on 02 June 2019 and cruise in the channel for three days visiting Dunkirk and Poole before arriving in Portsmouth for an official MOD sponsored reception as VIPs on 05 Jun. A number of activities have been planned before sailing on D-Day for France with an RN escort Flotilla. They will arrive back in Portsmouth on 08 June 2018 for a reception by Portsmouth City Council.
The Veterans will be bused to and from the ship and it is hoped that if required they can be escorted by their carer however it must be stressed this may depend on space onboard. The ship has full medical facilities.
To establish exactly how many Naval Veterans this may involve please contact the Branch Secretary as soon as possible. The information is required by HQ before 01 November so that planning can be completed.
Navy and Royal Marines Charity
The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity is the principal, and chosen, charity of the Royal Navy and the Navy Board and now the RNA’s preferred charity.
• Last year the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity gave £6.5m to people most in need: serving personnel, veterans and families. This included over £717,000 to the RNBT and £730,000 to the RN and RM Children’s Fund. So, by helping the RNRMC you, like the rising tide, “lift all boats”
• For serving Shipmates – in ships, squadrons, submarines, commando units and ashore – its funding is used to boost morale, improve facilities and ease the pressure that life in the Service can bring.
• But by far the largest amount goes to other (mainly) naval charities, including those that provide crucial support for parents and children as well as veterans experiencing difficulty with ill health, old age or hard times.
• The RNRMC gave £20,000 to support the RNA’s new Naval Service Memorial.
For more information on the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, please call 023 9254 8128 or visit www.rnrmc.org.uk
Donating to Charity – a note for future guidance
A review of branch annual returns and accounts has shown many occasions when it seems branches may have donated to charities incorrectly. The rule is simple and depends entirely what is in the mind of the person donating money at the moment they do. This might be money in a bucket or collecting tin, buying tickets for a branch raffle or having an event to raise money for a specific project.
So, if you hold an event or collection and it is COMPLETELY clear for whom you are collecting during the collection, then the money can be passed to that charity (even if you are in RNA rig).
However, general branch and charity funds, profits from branch events and raffles etc can only be given to charities within our charitable object laid down in the Royal Charter.
Therefore the charities that are fine are those charities that specifically help serving and ex-Naval Service such as RNBT, RNRMC, Pembroke house etc. Help for Heroes is fine since they look after Marines. Sea Cadets are good to help since that can come under recruiting. Joint service charities that look after all 3 services, but do help the Navy, are fine too, such as the Legion, BLESMA, Blind Veterans SSAFA and the Not Forgottens.
The point is to ensure that whoever is contributing knows where the money goes - a donor is entitled to assume that the money given to someone in an RNA blazer collecting with an RNA bucket will go for RNA charitable purposes.