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We are delighted to announce that, as of today, the 1st April 2019, the Royal Marines Association and The Royal Marines Charity have merged. The legal name of the Charity will be ‘Royal Marines Association – The Royal Marines Charity’, with a routine working name of ‘RMA – The Royal Marines Charity’.
This has been a long but important journey for both charities, which has seen us going from a competitive relationship through co-existence to cooperation, coordination, convergence and finally merger. We are now one charity, whose primary purpose is ‘to be the instinctive first port of call for support for the whole Corps family’, whether that be finding help in a moment of need through the very broad welfare function that we provide, through to encouraging camaraderie through RMA membership and participation in membership events and on to those who wish to give back by raising funds.
The creation of RMA – The Royal Marines Charity, will be seen by many other charities as pioneering. With guidance from the government and the Charity Commission, we can deliver a more effective service to the whole Royal Marines Family, through creating and a truly sector leading charity.
With the merger comes a revitalised brand and logo. The new logo seeks to ensure prominence of the Globe and Laurel, which unites the two charities and the Corps, whilst also representing the centrality of the RMA within the merged charity. It also illustrates the importance of our charitable endeavours and the inextricably linked nature of the two entities. The use of the ‘Old Gold’ colour for the RMA letters represents the enduring value of the membership (established in 1946) in all that we do.
“I believe this merger is the greatest milestone in the history of the Corps Charity and Association and I have firmly believed in it since it was first discussed over 5 years ago.
We have already seen significant improvements in delivery to our beneficiaries and more efficient working practices, which I believe will grow over time and ensure we are an Organisation worthy of serving the beneficiaries and families of the best Organisation in the world, The Royal Marines.” Danny Cox, Chairman of Trustees
We are grateful to you for your continued loyalty and friendship. We are confident that the new merged charity will serve us all well.