Greenwich Hospital is a unique Crown Royal Navy Charity founded by Royal Charter of William and Mary in 1694, to support serving and retired, wounded and needy Royal Navy personnel and their widows and to educate their children. Today the charity supports serving and retired personnel of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines and their families through projects which include benevolence, annuities, education, housing, financial resilience, health and well-being, and much more. In 2016-2017, Greenwich Hospital disbursed some £7.5 million through more than 50 separate projects which have assisted some 100,000 Naval Service beneficiaries. Greenwich Hospital especially promotes initiatives which enrich, inform and transform the lives of serving RN personnel, helping to set them on a secure and stable path for the future throughout both their service and subsequent civilian careers.
Greenwich Hospital has provided very generous financial support to create and maintain a Royal Marines Cadet Unit at Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy. Such a unit provides a wonderful opportunity for the students at the academy to broaden their life experiences and develop their leadership skills. It also cements the very close links that the Company already has with the students at its academy and with the Corps of the Royal Marines.