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Other charities and support

Charitable Partners

Listed below are charitable organisations that work closely with, or support through financial grants, the White Ensign Association.




The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity

The RNRMC is the principal charity of the Royal Navy and it exists to support sailors, marines and their families for life. Since 2007 it has funded projects that boost morale for those who serve today, as well as distributing millions of pounds annually to military charities which care for the children, families and veterans of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines. The WEA is fortunate to be one of the recipients of funding from the RNRMC and we are currently engaged in two joint projects to support our mutual beneficiaries, encompassing financial awareness at the beginning and end of an individual’s career and compensation-related casework.     


The Gosling Foundation

The Gosling Foundation is a private grant making foundation which was established in 1985 by the late Sir Donald Gosling, who championed the White Ensign Association’s work for nearly 50 years, first as a trustee, then Chairman of the Council of Management and finally President (for 26 years).  The Foundation focus’s grant making in four areas, based on Sir Donald’s interests and philanthropic priorities. The foundation has awarded over £100 million in grants since 1985 and remains the most generous donor and supporter of the WEA.



The Bernard Sunley Foundation

The Bernard Sunley Foundation is a family grant making body which supports charities in England and Wales working to raise the quality of life and provide greater opportunities for the young, the elderly, the disabled and the disadvantaged.  The Foundation has awarded over £121 million in grants since it was established in 1960. Each year they give just over £3.5 million to capital projects that deliver a real community focus or provide facilities to support those in need.  The White Ensign Association has been privileged to receive financial support from the Foundation for many years.


The C A Redfern Charitable Foundation

The C A Redfern Charitable Foundation is a family grant making charity supporting a wide range of charities and charitable organisations.  The White Ensign Association has been the fortunate recipient of regular financial grants from the Foundation over a significant period and is immensely grateful for their continued support.

The Royal Marines Association – The Royal Marines Charity

The Royal Marines Association exists to support the entire Royal Marines Charity. Under the banner “once a Royal Marine always a Royal Marine” the charity aims to  be the central pillar of the Royal Marines Family, drawing together those who aspire to join, those who serve, those who have served and those who support and enable them.  They aim to be the instinctive first place to which the Royal Marines Family turns for support and camaraderie whilst delivering through life support serving the needs of the RM community.   The WEA works closely with the RMA particularly in providing transition and employment support to those leaving the Corps or wishing to seek alternative career paths.


Other Naval Charities and sources of support

In addition to those organisations listed above we are also delighted to highlight the work and contacts of other organisations who support the wider Naval Community and may be sources of assistance to those serving, or veterans, of the Royal Navy.

The Royal Naval Benevolent Trust

The RNBT gives help, in cases of need, to serving and former Royal Naval ratings and Royal Marines other ranks.  They also help their partners, children and some others connected with them.


The Royal Navy Officers’ Charity

The Royal Navy Officers' Charity provides benevolence to both serving and retired officers of the Naval Service (RN, RM and QARNNS), their spouses, former spouses and dependants who are in need of financial support.


The Naval Children’s Charity

The Naval Children’s Charity aim to provide help and support for children and young people from families of serving and veterans of the Royal Navy who, through personal circumstances, are in need, hardship or distress.


The Royal Naval Association

With over 11,000 members across 250+ branches in the UK and overseas, the RNA is a family of current and former Naval Service personnel, relatives and supporters of the UK’s Royal Navy.   A national organisation based on shared experiences and comradeship - whether catching up with friends at regular social events, fundraising, advising on welfare and employment matters or just providing an arm around the shoulder, a matelot’s natural willingness to help others stems from the tradition and camaraderie that life in the Royal Navy instils and underpins everything the RNA does.


Greenwich Hospital

Greenwich Hospital is a unique Crown Charity.  The Hospital provides charitable support including annuities, sheltered housing and education to serving and retired personnel of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines and their dependants.