Services launch joint payroll giving scheme

The Royal Marines and the Royal Navy are to launch a payroll giving scheme so personnel can donate money direct from their pay packets to support serving and ex-serving forces members.

The Sports, Amenities and Benevolence Scheme – known as Sabs – will benefit serving and ex-serving members of the maritime forces and their families. Personnel will not be able to use the scheme to support other charities.

The money raised will go towards various amenities and associations within the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines, including the Naval Service Dependants Fund, which gives fixed payments of £10,000 to nominated dependants of those who die in service.

The scheme, which will be managed by maritime charity Seafarers UK, will be officially launched in Portsmouth on 11 March by the Second Sea Lord Vice Admiral Sir Adrian Johns and Lindsay Boswell, chief executive of the Institute of Fundraising.

Johns said he had been developing the scheme for some time and was delighted with the enthusiasm it has received.

“Asking personnel to donate as little as a pound a week, the scheme is affordable for all serving personnel and the benefits it brings will be significant for both serving and ex-serving members of the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines,” he said.

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