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Worldwide Corps Family Support


RMA – The Royal Marines Charity were approached by Lt Cdr Tug Wilson RN on behalf of former Royal Marines Officer John Ford. John had emigrated from the UK to Australia in 2014 with his wife, Heidi and two children to embark on a second career with the Royal Australian Navy.

Sadly, Heidi was diagnosed with an extremely rare and aggressive life-threatening abdominal tumour in 2017 and with a plethora of investigative procedures and two significant operations looming medical costs soon began to escalate. The pressure that this placed on their family at a time of uncertainty was unsurmountable. Although John and Heidi had not personally reached out to RMA – The Royal Marines Charity we were able to start investigations into how we could support them in Australia.

“I assumed that the Charity only provided direct support to those who had served. The preservation of life and mental wellbeing of the wider Corps Family is very much at the heart of the Corps and continues to prove the values we hold close to our hearts.”

The uncertainty of Heidi’s medical condition, further exacerbated by a seemingly endless financial burden, impacted significantly on the family’s mental state and wellbeing, with local support within Australia proving minimal and extremely vague.

Without prior knowledge John received a brief but positive call from Tug to inform him that assistance from the RMA – Royal Marines Charity was already in motion and that a phone call to the Chief Executive, Jonathan Ball should be made in order to expedite financial assistance.

“The friendly advice from Jonathan and the wider team confirmed my faith in the wider Corps family and highlighted the true extent of the RMA – The Royal Marines Charity’s reach across the globe”.

Thanks to donations made to RMA – The Royal Marines Charity, Heidi was able to proceed with her operation and, despite the loss of significant tissue is able to continue life with minimal impact.

Read more about our recent support to the Royal Marines Family in our 2019 Impact Report.

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