Key facts 2016/17

The RNBT was established under Royal Charter in 1922 to help those who are serving or have served as Warrant Officers and below in the Royal Navy & Royal Marines, and their dependants, who find themselves in need or distress. The Trust’s beneficiaries are known as The RNBT Family. The RNBT provides advice on a wide range of welfare issues fielding hundreds of enquires every year.

The RNBT makes grants to meet a wide range of personal needs including food, clothing, rent, home repairs, medical needs, respite breaks, mobility aids and much more.

Last year we helped in 2,906 cases.

The RNBT runs its own
55 bed care home,
Pembroke House
in Gillingham, Kent.

It is the only one of its kind in the world that caters specifically for The RNBT Family.

The RNBT runs the
John Cornwell VC
National Memorial,

a 6-unit alms-house in Hornchurch, Essex for impoverished and mildly disabled members of The RNBT Family able to care for themselves.

60% of grants
were to beneficiaries
aged under 60 years.

178 grants
were made to War Pensioners totalling £95,505.

39 grants
were made to assist with bankruptcy.

Examples of assistance provided in enabling beneficiary mobility and hence independent living are:

58 grants
totalling £45,026

were made for
riser/recliner chairs.

120 grants
totalling £88,406

were made for Electrically Propelled Vehicles.

26 grants
totalling £19,480

were made for stair-lifts.

The largest slice of expenditure was grants for medical equipment:
£183,180 and
240 cases

113 serving personnel and their dependants
received grants of £78,931

109 Falkland Veterans and their dependants
received grants totalling £82,311

Members of The RNBT Family living in the following countries received assistance from the Trust:

SpainNew Zealand
South Africa

77% of applications for assistance made to the Trust were through SSAFA the Armed Forces Charity and 18% from the Royal British Legion, with the remainder through the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Welfare and the Royal Commonwealth Ex‑Services League.

We spent
£980,000 assisting
991 members

of the RNBT Family with a Regular Charitable Payment (RCP) in 2016/17.

934 beneficiaries received £21 per week and 57 beneficiaries received £30 per week. Greenwich Hospital provided the vast majority of funding (£959,000) for RCPs.

The Barclays AFTER* Fund contributed

towards training/education costs last year (out of a total of £81,100).

Statistics to date indicate more than 50% of those trained/educated have found, and more importantly, remained in employment for over 6 months post training.

*Armed Forces Transition, Employment & Resettlement

47 Portsmouth based beneficiaries received a ‘Christmas Box’ through money donated by the Montague Neville Durnford and Saint Leo Cawthan Memorial Trust, now operated as a restricted fund by the Hampshire and IOW Community Foundation.

There are
42 regular donors
to the Trust by Direct Debit with
6 new donors.

More always welcome!!

Legacy income for the year was £741,951.

Please remember the RNBT in YOUR will!

Income from donations for the year was £133,725.

More always welcome!!

There has been a
27% saving
in Head Office ‘man’ hours since 2010.

If the everyday understanding of charity i.e. ‘helping out those in need or distress’ is applied to Castaway House, our headquarters can rightly be considered to be the ‘Home’ of the RN Charity world with
7 organisations
operating here.

Co-location means swift and cost‑effective help can be provided to beneficiaries with eligibility that spans different charities.

Co-location also means common services and support can be shared resulting in the ever more cost‑effective delivery of charitable benefit.

The Trust receives about
500 'thank-you'
from beneficiaries per annum.

Members of The RNBT Family visit the RNBT stand at weekend and other events to say “thank you” for our help. Similarly, visitors to the RNBT at Castaway and Pembroke Houses leave with comments like: