Helping the wounded and injured in any way we can, particularly as the most severely injured begin their transition into civilian life; quite simply, the RMCTF will help when others cannot.Helping those still serving and facing successive tours in high threat environments – providing adventure training for those returning from operations, funding homecoming events, financing memorials, maintaining our heritage etc.
The endowment of Royal Marines charities has grown over the years by means of a limited amount of fund raising but mainly from bequests, most of which were made for quite specific and restrictive purposes.Â Â Over time this made the structure unwieldy and inflexible so, with the support of the Charity Commission, the Trustees have been through a process of rationalisation which culminated on 1 April 2010 with the formation of the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund as the overarching Royal Marines charity.
The Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund also has its own identity as the most general of our funds and the one with the most flexible purposes.Â Â By giving to the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund, donors are empowering the Trustees to use the money given wisely, to meet any of the purposes of the wider charity and, crucially, at the point of greatest need at the time.
Within the overall structure of the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund you will find:
Two Restricted Funds â€“ the Royal Marines Benevolent Fund and the newly formed Royal Marines Cadet Fund, which supports our cadets.
Three Designated Funds supporting prizes and awards, sport and providing practical support to the Royal Marines Band Service that cannot be drawn from public funds (commissioning of pieces of music, providing non standard instruments etc).
Three Restricted Subscription Funds into which serving Royal Marines pay one dayâ€™s pay per annum â€“ the Royal Marines Officerâ€™s Trust Fund; the Central Sergeantsâ€™ Mess Fund; the Central Unit Institute Fund.Â Â These funds focus on quality of life issues for serving Royal Marines and are, in effect, a simple form of payroll giving.
The C Group – a relatively new initiative, the purpose of the C Group to raise awareness and generate practical support throughout the business community for Royal Marines particularly those who are suffering the long-term effects of injuries sustained on operations.Â Â Â While it does raise funds, its growing role is to offer coaching and mentoring support for those who are transitioning to new careers as a result of their injuries.
The Globe and Laurel Fund produces the regimental magazine and runs independently from The Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund but donates its profits to it.Â Â The Mountbatten Festival of Music Trust Fund mounts all the major events for the Royal Marines Band Service (Beat Retreat, the Mountbatten Festival of Music, South Coast Proms etc) and donates its profits mainly to service charities including the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.