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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

Films produced by Beautiful Train Ltd, Director Gavin Toomey


Midsummer Ball, Saturday 14th June



Millenium Ballroom, Copthorne Hotel Effingham Gatwick, Copthorne, West Sussex RH10 3EU

A fantastic evening of music provided by the Band of HM Royal Marines (Portsmouth) and dinner.  Tickets are £50 per head available from Jan Dutt rssg.events@gmail.com

Children’s Art competition



To celebrate the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines

We will be running our art competition for the fourth year and the theme this year will be SEA SOLDIERS.  Entry forms can be obtained from the office or on the website. Entries are free and must be in by Friday June 6th.  there are three categories for children up to the age of 16. You can download the leaflet here and the entry form here.

Book Now For Kid’s Acitivity Weeks This Summer!

Kings Camps combine the best elements of sports and holiday clubs to provide fun and exciting adventure for young people and peace of mind for parents.

Available to the children (aged 5-17 years) of all naval personnel, camps will be running at HMS Temeraire, 29 July to 02 August and at HMS Collingwood, 05 to 09 August.

The price per child per week is just £50 for Junior Rates and £70 for Officers / Senior Rates. (This price is reduced from £162 per child thanks to the generous support of the RNRMC, RNRMCF and the Annington Trust.

For more information and detaikls of how to book your place, click on the leaflet below.

Kings Foundation – Portsmouth Flyer

Children’s Art Competition 2013

'The Big Catch!' by Hugo Steel, winner 12-16yr category

A Royal Tea Party by Keira Beardworth, winner Under 6yrs category

A Fishy Tale by Rory Holme, Winner 6 -12 yrs category

Monday 24th June saw the start of Seafarers Awareness Week and the finals of our Children’s Art Competition 2013.   Seafarers Awareness Week is an annual event to promote the essential work done by seafarers to keep our island nation supplied with fuel, food and goods.  We chose the theme of Fish for Tea this year to highlight the work still done today by our Royal Navy in helping to bring food to our table.  Our theme was endorsed by Jamie Oliver this year who said:

“The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Children’s Fund art competition is a brilliant way to inspire kids to get into art and learn about beautiful, fresh fish, where it comes from and why it’s so good for them – it’s a brilliant competition and I’m excited to see the winning pictures.”  Jamie Oliver

A prize-giving and tea party was held at the Royal Maritime Club in Portsmouth for our finalists – many of whom had come from all over Portsmouth and Hampshire and indeed beyond.  Sadly some of our entries came from so far away they were unable to attend.  We had entries from Kent, Glasgow, Humberside, the Isle of Islay and even Sri Lanka and Macedonia!

After the difficult task of shortlisting from the hundreds of entries received our judges then had the almost impossible task of choosing the winners.   After much deliberation and discussion and a few disagreements they finally managed to make a decision and Prize Giving could begin.  Our thanks go to our wonderful judges – Dan Gover and Hannah Green from Jamie’s Italian in Portsmouth represented Jamie Oliver, Major Phil Packer MBE who is one of our Champions and has his own charity BRIT (The British Inspiration Trust) which supports disadvantaged children and links with many other children’s charities including the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Children’s Fund, Lt Commander Alexandra Sard MBE representing Seafarers UK and Philippa Gogarty, director of Micro-Scooters UK who have supported our Art Competition for the past three years providing their wonderful scooters as our first prizes in each category.

The theme of the competition was ‘Fish for Tea’ and there were three age categories.  The winners and shortlisted finalists were:

Under 6 yrs of age
1st Prize   Keira Beardsworth ‘ A Royal Tea Party’
2nd Prize   William Downing ‘Catch of the day’
3rd Prize  Roxy Jones-Whale ‘Fishy surprise dinner’
Highly commended Ava Griggs ‘Fishfingers’

Runners Up
Flora Clifton ‘Prawns for tea’
Senuda Dissanayake ‘Dinner is ready’
Roshan Gurjar ‘ Fish for tea?’
Daisy Meadows ‘Fish for tea’
Lydia Witcomb ‘Fishy Friday!’

7-11 yrs of age
1st Prize  Rory Holm ‘A Fishy Tale’
2nd Prize  Isobel Griggs ‘Feed all about it’
3rd Prize  Erin Nocetti ‘Fish for tea’
Highly commended Joseph Hamilton ‘Fish for tea’

Runners Up
Preeti Chauhan
Lennieka James ‘Having my dinner before you have me’
Alice Richardson ‘Fish for tea’
Imogen van Herck ‘Fish for tea’
Alexander Davidson ‘Fishy in a dishy’
Phoebe Page ‘Fish for tea’
Ella Sherman
Kate Surawy ‘Fish for tea’
Ellie Shirley ‘Fish for tea’

12-16 yrs of age
1st Prize   Hugo Steel ‘The Big Catch!’
2nd Prize  James Bristowe ‘Rainbows on a plate’
3rd Prize  Annabel Paneach ‘Fresh Mussels’
Highly Commended Lucy Sheppard ‘The Big Catch’

Runners Up
Mollie Beardsworth ‘Catch of the day’
Charlie Burton ‘Fish pie’
Helen Clifton ‘How the fish gets to tea’
Daniel Fryer ‘Fish for tea’
Sophie Guymer-Parker ‘Diving’
Freya Ingram ‘Bon Appetite!’
Lauren Jones ‘Sustainability’
Sara Konin ‘Fish for tea’
Jasmine Lennox ‘Fish for tea’
Cheteya Liyanage ‘Oh! What a cup of tea….on a sunny day’
Lucy Milne ‘Under the sea’
Dhylan Patel ‘Fish for tea’
Catherine Thompson ‘Not much left
Jacob Topliss ‘Fish dinner’
Charlie Warren
Saxon Watling
Joseph Westlake ‘Fish for tea’
Emma Williams ‘Fish in a teacup’

KNITTERS NEEDED – Royal Navy & Royal Marines Children’s Fund urgently need knitting volunteers


The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Children’s Fund (RN&RMCF), the only charity dedicated to supporting children whose parents work for the Naval Services, is looking for knitters to volunteer their time and their spare wool to create small dolls for the charity.

As part of a sensitive new 2013 initiative called ‘Knit the Family’ the charity is focusing on the importance of knitting families back together when one of the parents returns from active military service.  Central to the initiative will be a support handbook aimed at providing practical help and guidance for the family in helping to overcome the effects of PTSD and OSR (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Operational Stress Reaction).

The charity is planning to distribute the book with the little knitted dolls that depict a generic parent and child holding hands to symbolise the importance of ‘knitting’ families back together…. But to do this they need volunteers to knit the small dolls.

Full details including the patterns can be found here:

Materials Needed

Little Girl Doll

Royal Navy Doll

Royal Marine Doll

Laughing Hens, the knitting website for all your knitting needs has kindly offered a 10% discount to those buying wool or other items to knit the small dolls when quoting ‘RNRMCF’ at the checkout.  www.laughinghens.com

The pattern for the dolls has been specially created by Fiona Goble, who published ‘Knit your own Royal Wedding’ in 2011 with Ivy Press who have kindly donated the pattern to the RN&RMCF.  Fiona Goble and Ivy Press have also published books such as Knit Your Own Zombie, Fairy Tale Knits and Farmyard Knits and recently a pattern to ‘Knit Your Own Royal Baby’.

Monique Bateman, Director of RN&RMCF says:  “People are always incredibly generous towards our charity because everyone recognises the sadness, especially for children, caused by disharmony in the home.  Returning service personnel have much to contend with as do their families and what we are trying to achieve is a more seamless reintegration into family life.   The little dolls are rich in symbolism and we desperately need volunteers to click their needles for us”

If you think you can help us by knitting a parent and child, please send your completed dolls to:

Natalie Lloyd

Spider PR

4 Leathermarket Street



For further information please contact: Natalie Lloyd at Spider PR 020 7403 6900, natalie.lloyd@spider-pr.com