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House of Commons Reception

3rd March 2022

RNBT launch their awareness campaign with a reception at the House of Commons

A spectacular evening, opening with the Royal Marines School of Music Corps of Drums and hosted by MPs for Portsmouth, Stephen Morgan and Penny Mordaunt kicked off the Centenary Year in style, with guests from the House of Commons and the House of Lords plus heads of military charities, all gathered in the Churchill Room, a very appropriate setting for a naval charity. With words of support from Penny and Stephen they addressed the guests on the work of RNBT and the future awareness campaign that will begin in the Spring and focus around the country by region.

The evening was also to celebrate the 100 years of RNBT’s existence, the naval benevolence charity which led from Admiral Jellicoe’s farsighted creation of the Grand Fleet Fund. It was Churchill himself who said that Jellicoe was the ‘only man who could lose the war in an afternoon’, yet despite this massive responsibility, he still found time to worry about the welfare of the naval ratings and their families under his command, and to do something positive to help them. Since then RNBT has demonstrated an enviable record of help and assistance to the naval community through a hundred years of wars, crises and even pandemics.

RNBT will use the centenary to raise awareness about what the Trust can do for all our beneficiaries. We think there are lots of people who are in need who don’t know to ask for help, and we need to reach them so that we can give them the help that they need. If you can assist in our campaign please contact our Events and Publicity Officer to receive a media pack. corinneday@rnbt.org.uk