Here are just a few examples of how RNBT has made significant improvements to people’s lives. These are real people who tell their story in their own words, which are powerful reminders of how we can and do make a difference.
Daniel and Lorraine's Story
About Daniel and Lorraine
WO Daniel Hamp is currently serving on HMS KENT, he is married to Lorraine and they have 3 young daughters, Ruby (12), Jasmine (9) and Violet (5). Jasmine requires 24 hour care for her disability.
How we helped Daniel and Lorraine
Daniel and Lorraine approached the local council for a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) which took several years to be approved. This grant alone was not enough for the extensive house adaptations needed to accommodate Jasmine’s need into later life. With the help of the RNBT, Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s Fund and also The Royal British Legion, the three charities were able to facilitate with the extra funding required.
Leon Gray - Heckleby's Hound Dog Walking Service
Leon Gray is a former RN Service Policeman. Now living in Portsmouth.
How RNBT helped Leon
When work in the Netherlands broke down, Leon returned to Portsmouth. Having attended a Royal British Legion employment course they put him in touch with The Royal Naval Benevolent Trust. Leon was given a grant towards building up his dog walking business, Heckleby's Hounds. Leon bought much needed equipment and set up a website.
Daryl and Kirsty's Story
About Daryl and Kirsty
Daryl served in the Navy for 22 years as a Chef. When family circumstances changed they moved away from their local area to an unfurnished flat.
How we helped Daryl and Kirsty
Having moved into an unfurnished flat, Daryl and Kirsty contacted their local SSAFA branch who forwarded the case to RNBT. The Trust assisted them with carpets for the new home. Not only did RNBT help with carpets, the Beneficiary Support Co-ordinator, Phil Shuttleworth helped Kirsty purchase a new laptop which has helped her to re-train to become a qualified bookeeper. This is their story.
Roy suffered from severe post-traumatic stress disorder from his RN service, and had gone undiagnosed for 28 years. He was a ‘prisoner in his own home’ with very significant personal and financial challenges.
How we helped Roy
RNBT worked with other charities such as Combat Stress, SSAFA and VOS, resolved Roy’s immediate financial problems and set him on the road to recovery, helping him to get his life back together, which saved his marriage and his home. This is his heartfelt story...
James was a submariner who was a keen boxer and footballer, who was invalided out of the RN in 1966 after a bad sports injury. He needed help so that he could continue to live in his own home.
How we helped James
RNBT provided a grant for a stair-lift and a complete walk-in shower room so that James could continue to live at home in comfort. RNBT made him ‘the happiest guy going’. This is his story...