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The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s Fund is the only charity dedicated to supporting children whose parents work, or have worked, for the Naval Service.

The needs of the children are paramount and help is provided when not available from family or statutory sources.

“The support you give so generously, makes him feel valued and worth investing in, and helps him to have pride and faith in himself. From the bottom of my heart and with every fibre of my being. Thank you.”

One of the families we’ve helped

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Pretty Shy Little Girl

A day to remember!

The fabulous Sporting Bears www.sportingbears.co.uk have once again given some of our beneficiaries a day to remember.  Firstly Harriet and her mum were treated like royalty in London with a ride in a Bentley (with police escort) and a special guided tour of Buckingham Palace followed by a night in the Hilton Metropole Hotel – thanks to all those involved.  Then Emily and her dad had the Bentley experience in Luton this time and Emily got to go in a Private Plane for a joy ride and they were both given the VIP treatment throughout.

Children’s Art Competition – the results!

Wednesday 24th June saw the finals and prize giving of our Annual Children’s Art Competition at the Royal Maritime Club in Portsmouth.  Twenty six shortlisted finalists and their families and teachers attended a tea party where their pictures were on display and the winners were announced.  The theme this year was SEA SOLDIERS to celebrate 350 years of the Royal Marines.

The winners in their different categories were:

Under 5 yrs old
1st Lucy Wills  ‘Badge of Honour’
2nd Orla Brady ‘Sea soldiers on a ship, Sea soldiers doing ice breaking in Norway, Sea soldiers in the jungle’
3rd Gregory Kakovin ‘Helicopter’

Charity Art competition

Lucy Willis ‘Badge of Honour’

6-9 yrs old
1st Thomas Wills ‘Around the globe for 350 years’
2nd Henry Woods ‘Royal Marine’
3rd Evie Ferris ‘A day in the life of a sea soldier’

Charity Art competition

Thomas Willis ‘Around the Globe for 350 Years’

10 and over
1st Sam Shefras ‘Ambush’
2nd Frida Kenning ‘Sea Soldiers’
3rd Robert Berrisford-Smith ‘Invasion’

Charity Art competition

Sam Shefras ‘Ambush’

Two of the children that won in their respective categories were a brother and sister, Thomas and Lucy Wills.  Their uncle was a Royal Marine who had died ten years ago almost to the day of the prize giving.  When the family received the leaflet about the competition they got out all of his service memorabilia and medals and talked to the children about their uncle, whom they had never met, and his life.  The resulting pictures really showed this emotional story.  The family attended the prize giving and on the Friday, the anniversary of his death, were visiting his memorial.

Major Mike Wills RM joined the Royal Marines as an 18 year old in 1978, and during his 25 years in the Corps he served in Northern Ireland, the Middle East, Sierra Leone and Georgia. Mike was a keen skydiver with over 6000 jumps, and during the 1980s he was a member of the Royal Marines Free Fall Team. In August 1986 the team broke the world record with a 200 feet high stack of 24 canopies – a record that still stands today. Mike died in a skydiving aircraft crash in Devon in June 2004, and ten years later his nephew Tommy Wills and niece Lucy Wills were amongst the prizewinners at the RNRMCF painting competition to celebrate 350 years of the Royal Marines.    By Patrick Wills, Mike’s brother and father of Tommy and Lucy. 

Major Mike Wills RM

Seal of approval from Miranda Hart!

The RNRMCF is delighted that the Knit the Family Book has recently been given the seal of approval from comedian Miranda Hart.

“It is deeply reassuring to know that there is this wonderful, loving, supportive fund to help with the distress children can suffer from the effects of family members having been at war.  It’s so important these children get support before their issues deepen and worsen and they don’t have the chance to explore their emotions.”
Miranda

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The Supercar Seige at Leeds Castle

The incredible Supercar Seige returns to the lawns of Leeds Castle on Sunday 18th May. With around 600 high performance and classic cars on display, playgrounds, face painting and falconry displays, it really is a fun day for all the family!

For more information visit supercarseige.co.uk

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Sporting Star offers support

Sharron Davies

British sporting star, Sharron Davies announces her support of the RNRMCF. She said,  “As a child of a Royal Navy family of three generations I am delighted to wholeheartedly endorse the work of the RNRM Children’s Fund. The work they do makes a real difference to the lives of thousands of children who are already having to cope with the extra stresses and strains of long absences, injury and bereavement. Their excellent book, Knit the Family, looks to be an invaluable resource for families offering much needed advice and guidance.”

 

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