The Royal Naval Benevolent Trust

Date: Thursday September 12, 2019 at 12:43pm

The RNBT Family comprises all those who are serving or have served as Warrant Officers and below in the Royal Navy and Royal Marines and their wives, husbands and dependent children. They can all turn to the RNBT when in need throughout their lives.

The RNBT makes thousands of grants each year to help members of the RNBT Family who are in difficulty and can provide financial assistance for such things as:

  • Disability aids
  • Vocational Training
  • Food, clothing and fuel
  • Rent and mortgage payments
  • House repairs and household goods
  • Childcare
  • Respite and recuperation holidays
  • Debts
  • Funerals
  • Domiciliary Care and Care Home Top-up fees

The Trust was originally organised around Area Committees based on the RN’s Port Areas with the Trust’s work localised to those areas with high-density naval populations.  Today’s Trust has moved on from the Area structure given the national and indeed worldwide nature of the Trust’s work with its headquarters and Grant Committee operating out of Portsmouth.  In addition to the headquarters function, the Trust operates its own ‘World Class’ 55-bed care and nursing home - Pembroke House - at Gillingham, Kent and is also the sole trustee of a 6-unit almshouse – the John Cornwell VC National Memorial at Hornchurch, Essex. 

The Trust has a staff of about 65 full-time equivalents (there are a number of part-time employees) plus a healthy ‘book’ of volunteers, especially the trustees and those who willingly give of their time to serve on the Grant Committee and as Friends of Pembroke House.  The Trust’s President is Vice Admiral Sir Charles Montgomery KBE, the Vice President is Jim Moulson MBE and the Chairman to the Board of Trustees is Captain Nick Fletcher Royal Navy; Commander Rob Bosshardt Royal Navy is the Chief Executive.


The Royal Naval Benevolent Trust Castaway House 311 Twyford Avenue PORTSMOUTH PO2 8RN


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