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Coronavirus: Our Emergency Response

During this exceptionally difficult and disruptive time the Trustees of the REME Charity send you their best wishes and want you to know that the REME Charity is here for you and your comrades more than ever during the coronavirus pandemic.  We are very conscious that a number of members of The REME Family fall into the Government’s high-risk categories and have been asked to remain in isolation for at least twelve weeks.

Additionally, with the PM announcing stricter social distancing measures on 23rd March we are acutely aware that the potential for loneliness and isolation has increased significantly and we are here to make your lives easier.

This is a fast moving situation and we strongly recommend that you all keep up to date with the government guidelines and follow the procedures set in place, which are:

Stay at home, Protect our NHS, Save lives

The full, and comprehensive government guidance can be found at this link.  And we strongly recommend that you read it frequently so you can stay informed.

As per government guidelines all REME Charity members of staff are working from home and will continue to do so.  Contact details are here.

Regular updates will be posted on this page.  Please check frequently and please stay safe.

What help can the REME Charity Offer?

  • Cases for Benevolence grants are still being processed, SSAFA and the RBL are conducting their casework over the phone and we have relaxed our guidelines to ensure those that need help get it ASAP.
  • The volunteer network outlined below will ensure our vulnerable REME Family members can get the support they need during this time, for example those who are struggling to get out and get groceries or those who are feeling lonely and in need of someone to talk to.
  • Direct grants for emergency situations may be considered.

What do I do if I need help?

If you need help or assistance please fill in this brief form and someone will get back to you ASAP.

Request for assistance

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How can I offer help?

It is time for us all to support one another and mobilise the REME Family!  If you or you are in touch with a REME veteran who is suffering and needs our help please get in touch via the simple form above.  Our aim is to put our volunteers in touch with those that need help, sometimes this could just be a phone call or assistance with the shopping or prescriptions.  Sometimes they just need to know someone is there, and that someone will listen.

We call on you all to form a nationwide army of volunteers to assist in this task.  Can you help?  We have been in talks with the Chain of Command and we are hopeful that our footprint of REME Battalions and LADs may also be able to assist.  Just consider how inspirational it would be if a young Cfn in uniform visited a veteran, applying appropriate social distancing rules of course, with a basket of vegetables, or some eggs or even, some toilet paper!  The young assisting the old, is a very powerful family message.  We will need to supplement these serving soldiers with you all as they may be deployed on government assistance tasks at a moment’s notice.  The REME Charity can reimburse you any reasonable expenses you may incur as part of this volunteering and we can provide details of this.  Please help where you can.

Please note – if you are over 70 or in the high risk group please do not volunteer, unless you are volunteering to be available to chat – you are doing your bit by staying at home.

Even if you have already registered your details with the NHS 250,000 please register your details as a REME volunteer with Stu Cowen on association@reme-rhq.org.uk.  All he needs is your name, contact details and location.  Thank you.

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Keep in touch – Stay informed!