On May 26, 2014 the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund (RMCTF) announced Henry as their ambassador.
The Royal Marines are the UK’s Commando force dating back to 1664. Every commando of this Corps withholds four elements of the Commando Spirit; courage, determination, unselfishness, and cheerfulness in the face of adversity. It’s these values that caught the attention of Henry who has chosen the RMCTF as one of his key charities to support.
As Henry explained:
“Royal Marine Commandos believe in what they can do. They have the courage, determination and will to succeed.They make sacrifices and take risks; regrettably, sometimes they have to pay the price for those risks. In recent years they have experienced a significant increase in serious injuries, wounds or illness through current operations. This has not deterred the men of this proud corps; on the contrary, it has spurred them on to help their injured and wounded comrades.
We should not forget what the Royal Marines have done for the country and the many sacrifices that they have made. Now is the time, in their distinguished 350 year history, for everyone to get behind the Royal Marines; and support this extraordinary challenge and this incredible charity.”
Henry’s support for the Royal Marines stems from his family’s extensive military background. His father served in the Navy and his brother Piers served as an officer in the army while Nick is currently a Major in the Royal Marines.
The 1664 Challenge:
On the very same day the RMCTF announced Henry as their ambassador, he officially launched the running phase of the Royal Marines 1664 Challenge at the Royal Marines Museum in Portsmouth. The event was an exercise created for Royal Marines across the UK to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the formation of the Corps in October 1664.
The Royal Marines 350th anniversary deserved more than an ordinary challenge. Skiing 1,664km across Norway was not enough for Lieutenant Colonel Gary Green, the man behind the 1664 Challenge.
The commandos initially set off in February to ski 1,664km across Norway, they then sailed 1,664 nautical miles to Cadiz in Spain, cycled 1,664km to France, and kayaked across the English Channel before finally joining Royal Marine Units across the UK to run the remaining 1,664km around the country.
The Gibraltar Rock Run:
Henry is continuing his support for the Royal Marines as he participates in the Gibraltar Rock Run this October in order to raise money for the RMCTF.
On August 7, 2014 the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund issued the following news release:
British actor and ambassador for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund (RMCTF), Henry Cavill will be jetting out to Gibraltar in October to take part in a very special challenge. The Gibraltar Rock Run will take place on Saturday 25 October and will celebrate 350 years of the Royal Marines and raise valuable funds for the RMCTF.
No visit to Gibraltar by the armed forces is complete without the Royal Navy’s traditional Rock Run, which is where organiser Alan Hardy got the idea for the event.
“With the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines this year I couldn’t think of a better place to hold a fundraising event for the Corps’ own charity. The Gibraltar Rock Run will see over 40 participants from the UK and many more from Gibraltar run the 5K up the famous landmark. Gibraltar will always hold a special place in Royal Marines history and this is seen today in the main battle honour, which makes up part of their cap badge. With support from His Excellency the Governor of Gibraltar, Lieutenant General James Dutton KCB CBE we have organised a fantastic weekend of fun and celebrations for participants and the locals of Gibraltar. We are delighted that Henry Cavill will be joining us for the event and are sure he’ll enjoy what Gibraltar has to offer.”
The event will take place over the last weekend of October with over 40 participants arriving in Gibraltar from the UK on Friday ahead of a gruelling 5km run up the 426m high infamous rock race route on Saturday morning. Other planned celebrations over the weekend include a gala cocktail reception hosted by Lieutenant General James Dutton and a Royal Marines band concert in St Michaels Cave.
Henry will be with 350 participants running up the Rock of Gibraltar in order to raise money for a charity which means so much to him.
Henry is trying to raise £20,000.00 for the Rock Run. You can sponsor him and pledge on his charity page here. Henry also shares a few words to his supporters:
Thank you for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page and donating to my charity The Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.
I chose to support this charity, not only because of my obvious familial connection, but because of the deep respect I have for the Royal Marines as men and as a corps.
I am taking a short break from filming to run, with 350 other participants, from Casemates Square to the 1,300ft summit of the Rock of Gibraltar.
For more information on the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund visit their official website at http://www.rmctf.org.uk.
For more information on the Gibraltar Rock Run visit their official website at http://www.gibrockrun.co.uk.