We are seeking a new Chair of Trustees to lead our Board as we build on our 2020 Strategy.
The Naval Children’s Charity has been helping Naval Children since 1825, for nearly 200 years. If you serve or have served in the Naval Service (Royal Navy, Royal Marines, QARNNS, WRNS, Reserves or Royal Fleet Auxiliary) and you have a child/children up to and including the age of 25 we may be able to help you.
Click on Need our Help? and find out more.
We are based in Portsmouth and cover the UK and Commonwealth. We are a small team of five in the office and have a wonderful Trustee Board who support us in what we do.
Based in Castaway House alongside other Naval charities such as the RNBT we are able to work closely with them to ensure we can deliver support to children quickly and effectively.
Orginally orphanages, we now use the money from them as a Fund to cover our operating costs which means that every grant and donation – every £1 raised for us goes directly to one of our children.
We help around 2000 children directly each year and many thousands more through our resources and work with communities and other organisations.
We believe that…to be the child of someone who is, or has been, in the Naval Service should be a positive and enhancing experience – something to be borne with pride. For those children where life is more difficult, we are there to help.
Sir James Dutton
KCB CBE KStJ
Rear Admiral Mike Bath
Lt General Ed Davis CB CBE
Mrs Sheila Owens-Cairns
Major General F H R
Mr Christopher Tite
Chair of Trustees
Chair of Finance Committee
Martin Connell CBE
Vice Chair of Trustees
Mr Ian Pitts
Lt Col Ian Grant RM Rtd
Commander Heather Rimmer MBE RN Rtd
Chair Welfare Committee
Ms Ellen Riis-White
Dr Linda Williams
Major Thomas Early RM
WO1 Claire Robson RN
WO1 Annette Penfold VR MBE RN Rtd
Cdr Simon Howell RN
Cdr Steve Warner RN
Mr Kevin Arnold
Lt Ed Stout RN
For applications for financial assistance you can apply by clicking on Register for Help below which will take you to the Lightning Reach portal. This platform is provided by our trusted partner, Lightning Reach, a social impact startup which uses secure technology to make the application process as quick and safe as possible for you.
Once your application has been made a caseworker will be in touch as soon as possible, this is usually within 3 days.
The profile you create on the Lightning Reach portal can also help you to find and apply for support from other support organisations easily and securely. We recommend that you submit your application to The Naval Children’s Charity first before submitting applications to other organisations.
For help with completing your application, visit Lightning Support and search for ‘The Naval Children’s Charity’.
If you have a question or not sure what help you need and require information or advice please use this online form.
The Naval Children’s Charity supports children up to and including the age of 25 whose parent(s) serve or have served in the Naval Service: Royal Navy, Royal Marines, QARNNS, WRNS, their Reserves and the RFA. If you need information or advice regarding support for your child(ren) please fill in the form to the best of your knowledge. One of our caseworkers will then contact you.
If you would prefer to call us we can be contacted on 023 9263 9534, our office hours are 0830-1600 Monday to Thursday and 0830-1300 on Friday.
Imogen’s father was in the Royal Navy on the Ark Royal, and so she spent her very early years living just outside Portsmouth.
In later life she has moved back to the area.
In between she read English at Oxford University, went to The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and since then has enjoyed a career in acting
– beginning with the role of Sally Bowles in Cabaret.
She has worked extensively in the West End, with the National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company, most of the regional theatres, and many other wonderful venues.
She has recently finished performing in the Pullitzer prize-winning play Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris at the Park Theatre in London. It actually began rehearsals before the first lockdown – and so it was a relief and a joy to finish the run.
Her tv and film work includes Sense and Sensibility, Jack & Sarah, Twelfth Night, A Summer Story , The Rainbow, Sandra C’est la vie, After the Dance, Othello, Things I know to be true, and Big Kids – an unexpectedly successful children’s tv show which brought her a strange but much appreciated following of five year olds.
She has also written a great deal for various magazines and newspapers – as a columnist, interviewer, article writer, book reviewer and travel writer. Travel writing has taken her on adventures all over the world to magical elsewhere and new horizons – which, ironically, was what attracted her father to join the navy so many years before she was born.
has worked extensively as an actor, writer, director teacher, mentor, and coach for over thirty years and has won a number of awards for his work. An ex-army scholar, he has a degree from Exeter University in Politics & Society and is a graduate from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Back in the late 90’s, his regular television roles made him a familiar face on the small screen. They included Sgt Chris McCleod in ‘Soldier, Soldier’, and Station Officer Chris Hammond in ‘London’s Burning’, both for ITV. Whilst starring as Ian Bentley in Coronation Street, over twenty million viewers tuned in to see bride-to-be, Sharon’s (Tracie Bennett) attack on Ian at the alter! He was then seen as Ray Winstone’s brother-in-law in the series for Granada, ‘Vincent’. Other television credits include, ‘Skins Redux’, ‘Endeavour’, ‘Desperados’, ‘Silent Witness’, ‘Sea Of Souls’, ‘Holby’, ‘Heartbeat’, ‘Casualty’, ‘Inspector Morse’, ‘Peak Practice’, and ‘The Governor’.
His first play as a writer was ‘Our Boys’. Based on his own experiences of being invalided out of the military, it won The Writers’ Guild Award for Best New Fringe Play, and he was named as the TAPS new Television Writer of The Year, as well as being nominated for The Lloyds Bank Playwright of The Year.
Over the last few years, he has focused his creative attention on two different areas – education and military veterans. He has been teaching and directing at UK Drama Schools and written a trilogy for the theatre on education – the first part, ‘A Level Playing Field’ was premiered at The Jermyn Street Theatre in April 2015. The second part ‘The Be All & End All’ was produced by York Theatre Royal and Colchester Mercury Theatre in the summer of 2018. From 2018, Jonathan has been working with the Soldiers’ Arts Academy (SAA), becoming it’s Artistic Director at the end of 2019. He wrote and directed a play for military veterans called ‘Soldier On’. This premiered at the Northcott in Exeter and toured the UK, before coming to London, firstly at The Playground Theatre, and then The Other Palace. In 2019, The Roland Gossage Foundation brought the production to The Berkeley St Theatre in Toronto, and it is currently being developed as a film.
Jonathan has now also had considerable experience over the last twenty years designing and delivering personal development and impact skills to the corporate world. He specializes in coaching and mentoring business leaders and understanding the performance aspect in the power of leadership and communication. His work in this area has taken him all over the world and to many different working environments. He is currently a Fellow at Edinburgh University’s School of Nursing.
I’m 19 and currently studying medicine at university. Both of my parents have served in the Royal Navy, my Dad is still serving and my Mum is currently serving in the RAF. The naval children’s charity is very close to my heart as I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support I received during my primary and secondary education. During my free time I enjoy being active and spending time with my niece and nephew.
I am immensely proud to have been selected by the Naval Children’s Charity as an Ambassador for them. As a recipient of support from the charity over the years I cannot begin to express my admiration and respect for what they do and to everyone involved with the charity, all of whom have such a passion, drive, desire and dedication to help and assist our military community, both past and present.
For me personally, if it hadn’t been for the help and support I have received from the Naval Children’s Charity I wouldn’t be where I am today, that being, I have just recently been selected into the GB Senior Women’s Wheelchair Basketball squad. This has given me the most amazing opportunity to proudly and passionately represent my country at the European Championships and World Championships this year plus the Paralympics in Paris next year, something that was a dream of mine ever since I saw the GB team perform at the 2012 Paralympics in London.
I never gave up that dream and, with the help and support of the Naval Children’s Charity I am now living that dream, something myself and my family are eternally grateful to them for.
My purpose now, in my role as an Ambassador, will be to help support and promote the amazing work that the charity do, in any way that I can.
I will keep you all updated on the most amazing and exciting journey I am about to embark on, with my sincerest hope that I can attend some events to assist with the amazing work that the charity do and hopefully meet some of you one day.