More than £130,000 has been raised for naval charities in memory of those who served and died at the Battle of Jutland at a fundraising banquet held at Mansion House, home of the Lord Mayor of London.
The dinner, hosted by Admiral Sir Jonathon Band, President The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) and Vice Admiral Sir Donald Gosling, President of the White Ensign Association (WEA), was attended by some 250 guests. The event’s Guest of Honour were the Lord and Lady Mayoress of London, Lord and Lady Mountevans.
More than £30,000 of donations on the night were raised through a silent auction. The activity offered guests a collection of unique and one-off items, ranging from experience days with the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, to a flight with intrepid aviator Tracey Curtis-Taylor, who recently flew 14,600 miles from the UK to Australia in her classic open cockpit bi-plane, the Spirit of Artemis.
Other prizes included a track day in an Aston Martin DB5, an engraved 4” shell recovered from Portsmouth Harbour and a day at Commando Training Centre Lympstone.
Further noteworthy guests included the First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sir Philip Jones, and Vice Admiral Jonathan Woodcock OBE, Second Sea Lord and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff, who, alongside RNRMC Chairman Bill Thomas, signed a Charter between the Royal Navy and the RNRMC, reaffirming the Force’s commitment to support its principal charity.
Robert Robson, CEO of the RNRMC, said: “It has been a humbling occasion to honour the memory of those who served at the Battle of Jutland. We are fortunate that today charities such as ours exist that can support the needs of serving personnel, veterans, and their families, whether in times of peace or at war.
“We are extremely grateful for the donations raised at the dinner. They will be directed to where they will have the greatest impact on people’s lives, whether in this generation or the next.”