WELCOME TO THE ROYAL MERCHANT NAVY
Today’s Royal Merchant Navy Education Foundation started life in 1827 as The Merchants’ Seamen’s Orphan Asylum, which was tasked not only with providing board and lodging for the orphans of British Merchant Navy seamen but also, and pertinently, with sufficient education to enable them to obtain employment.
It is now a British national children's educational charity, which provides funding for the needy British children of Merchant Navy seafarers, professional sea-going fishermen and RNLI lifeboat crew members, who have served or are serving at sea and who are unable to meet their children's educational needs. Our Patron is HM The Queen and our President is HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, KG, KT, OM.
We help our beneficiaries, or 'Foundationers' as we call them, by providing support that 'enables education' - which could be anything from school fees, textbooks or uniform, right through to computers, internet access or even shoe repairs!