To mark the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines this year’s Barclays Jersey Boat Show will help raise the profile and much needed funds for two armed forces charities, The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and Holidays for Heroes Jersey.
The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity is the principal charity of the Royal Navy with the aim to improve the lives of all who serve – past and present – and their families.
The charity focuses on those who wear uniform today – ships, squadrons, submarines and commandos – it also provides valuable funds for naval and military charities that work with families and veterans, especially those experiencing difficulty with child support, ill-health, old age or hard times.
Robert Robson, Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen as one of the benefiting charities for the Barclays Jersey Boat Show. The Royal Navy has had a long-standing presence at the event so it’s a privilege to be selected from the many Service charities that do such a great job for our Service men and women.
“Last year we supported a beneficiary group of over 1.2 million people, and distributed over £7.3 million in grants to do so. The contribution made by Barclays will help the Charity continue its vital work in support of Naval Service personnel and their families.”
Holidays for Heroes Jersey (H4HJ) provides a weeks holiday in Jersey to past or present members of HM Forces injured, in mind or body, during their service.
H4HJ was founded by Dawn and Richard Woodhouse in 2008 and since its launch the charity has provided over 1200 holidays to members of the armed forces.
Dawn Woodhouse M.B.E., Chairman of H4HJ, said: “It is a privilege and an honour to be chosen by Barclays as one of the benefiting charities at The Jersey Boat Show. Over the years we have had the pleasure of providing more than 150 holidays for Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel and so to join with their own charity is rather special.
“As we look forward to another season of providing holidays for past or present injured members of the Armed Forces, the funds raised at the Barclays Jersey Boat Show will be an important contribution as we already have 370 holidays booked for 2014.”
Since the Jersey Boat Show’s launch in 2008 the Royal Navy has had a regular presence through visiting Navy vessels and personnel including fisheries protection and security vessel HMS MERSEY and university vessels HMS SMITER and HMS BLAZER.
2014 will be no exception with an even greater line up of visiting Navy vessels, details of which will be announced before the show.
The two beneficiary charities were selected by Barclays, the main sponsor of the Jersey Boat Show. Paul Savery, Managing Director for Barclays Intermediaries said:
“Jersey enjoys a close and longstanding relationship with the Royal Navy and Royal Marines and they have provided great support for the Barclays Jersey Boat Show over the previous four years we have been involved. I know that touring the visiting Royal Navy vessels is a “must-do” for visitors young and old. As such, it’s fantastic that we can do something in return through our support of The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and Holidays for Heroes Jersey at this year’s show, both of which do such great work for our Forces personnel.
“It is especially pleasing that this support coincides with such a significant anniversary for the Royal Marines.
“The Barclays Jersey Boat Show always has strong naval elements, so it is great to have the opportunity to help raise awareness of and funding for these two charities.”
The 2014 Barclays Jersey Boat Show will take place in and around St Helier Marina over the May Bank Holiday of Saturday 3 until Monday 5 May.