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Mental health support
Always part of
the Royal Marines
—no matter what
We had the trip of a lifetime when
the whole family were invited to
go to Norway for the Royal Marines
Club Winter Deployment, funded
by and delivered with RMA – The
Royal Marines Charity, to experience
skiing, dog sledding, BBQs in the
snow, a visit from Santa, and watch
the infamous ice breaking drills. This
gave me a much needed respite, a
holiday in every sense of the word.
Five nights in a wonderful hotel, fully
catered with plenty of Royal Marines
and their families on hand to entertain
and exhaust the children. Amazing
memories and new friendships made.
Joe was diagnosed with
Stress following multiple
tours of Afghanistan.
Within weeks of Joe first
becoming ill Lieutenant
General Rob Magowan,
the Commandant General
Royal Marines, visited the
Winch family and told them
that they were and always
would be part of the Royal
Marines — no matter what.
RMA – The Royal Marines Charity have
shown us what that really means.
They have provided care, support
and friendship. They have helped Joe
throughout transition from serving
Royal Marines Officer into civvy street.
They have offered Joe employment
with RMA – The Royal Marines Charity
as well as Climb2Recovery. A chance
not only to find a new career path,
gain qualifications in a sport he loves;
but most importantly to help him to
give back to others within the wider
Royal Marines family. The benefits
have been exponential not only
providing an income but instilling
confidence and self belief and new
skills with which to build a new life.
When the third lockdown hit, shortly
after Joe’s medical discharge, without
hesitation RMA – The Royal Marines
Charity helped us buy a shepherd’s
hut which gave Joe the space to
break out, rest or catch up on lost
sleep, allowing him to manage his
symptoms at home and for us to
continue to live together as a family.
is the glue that
have held this
Josh Pelland served
as a Royal Marines
Commando and in Special
During his time in the Marines Josh
deployed to Afghanistan, the Middle
East and got to experience so much
of the World on various operations.
In June 2016, aged 31, Josh fell 65
feet whilst climbing in his hometown
of Calgary, Canada. The accident
caused major injuries, including
paralysis below the chest and lifethreatening infections. He had
no memory of the accident.
A climber that saw the accident
reached out to Josh and described
the moment that he had fallen, one
moment he had been attached
to an anchor and the next he had
fallen 65 feet to the ground.
This was when Josh was referred to
RMA – The Royal Marines Charity.
Despite Josh being located in a remote
area of Canada, we were able to liaise
with the Royal Commonwealth ExServices League to request a visit from
a Royal Canadian Legion caseworker.
RMA – The Royal Marines Charity
awarded a grant to contribute towards
the purchase of a vital specialist wheel
chair, which ensured that the young
former Royal Marine could remain as
independent and active as possible.
Recently the Charity has again been at
Josh’s side, to help fund the purchase
of a specialist hand bike in order to
support his training with the Canadian
Elite Disability Sports Programme.
“I have continued to train and race and
push myself physically and mentally as
an athlete, again with the support of
the RMA to fund my training. I received
help to purchase a new hand cycle and
to pay coaches that have helped me
stay competitive in the Cycling Canada
program. This support has done more
than just supply funds, it has bolstered
me, kept me focused on goals, and
amplified that focus. In the midst of
the hardship of my injury and transition
home and into sport, the support I have
received has kept me going in a positive
direction, both physically and mentally.”
The Charity remain
providing throughlife support to
those in the Royal
that need it.
“I will always be eternally grateful
to the RMC for being the family
to help my family, be a family.”
RMA – The Royal Marines Charity Impact Report 2021–2022