What is The REME Charity?
The REME Charity was incorporated as a charitable company limited by guarantee in 2016 (Registered Charity Number: 1165868). We need The REME Charity because the needs and ambitions of the REME family go beyond the bounds of the resources and policies of the Army and the MOD. This is a traditional charitable purpose in the United Kingdom, enshrined in the law as ‘promoting the efficiency of the Armed Forces’. The REME Charity, which is independent of the military authorities, meets those needs and ambitions through its three objects. They cover everything we do; and the law requires us to ensure that everything we do is indeed covered by them.
What are the objectives of the Charity?
The Charity has three key objectives which it must meet:
- To promote the efficiency of REME and to foster its esprit de corps.
- To relieve either generally or individual necessitous persons being members or former members of REME or their dependants (Beneficiaries).
- To support charitable purposes for the benefit of Beneficiaries.
What does that mean?
The objectives of the charity are broad and wide ranging; this allows us to support a wide range of activities. In simple terms the charity supports the following:
- It provides grants to past and present members of the Corps who are in need.
- It provides direct support through grants to Corps and unit activities
- It funds the REME Sports Association and REME Adventurous Training.
- It funds REME Publications, including The Craftsman Magazine, The Calendar, The Journal and The Officers List.
- It also provides some support for the REME Museum (registered charity 272740), the REME Band and the Corps Sergeants’ Mess amongst other things