RMA – The Royal Marines Charity has announced that Keith Breslauer, award-winning businessman, philanthropist and Managing Partner of London-based Patron Capital Partners is to assume the role of Vice Patron with immediate effect.
This prestigious appointment is in recognition of Keith’s unique contribution and support for the Royal Marines Corps Family for over a decade and comes as the time approaches when he will have served the maximum period of time permitted as a trustee, and so have to step down from the role he has held since 2014.
During that time, he has been responsible for contributing in excess of £4m to RMA – The Royal Marines Charity, not only through his own donations but also through spearheading sponsored events and other fundraising efforts. This includes being the principal sponsor and driving force behind the incredible success over the past six years of the Charity’s annual flagship fundraising Guildhall Dinner that in 2021 raised £1m and that this year, with pledges still being received, is edging close to that amount.
Jonathan Ball, Chief Executive Officer of RMA – The Royal Marines Charity said: “Keith is a unique force of nature. To have someone of such high personal and business calibre join a former very senior military officer in General Sir Gordon Messenger as our Patron and alongside fellow Vice Patron Bob Wigley, is an enormous honour and privilege. It gives the Charity huge reach into the wider world outside the Corps Family.
Since 2010, Keith has used his boundless energy, drive and passion to help enhance the lives of hundreds of Royal Marines, helping them rebuild their lives following injury, both physical and psychological, through the Royal Marines Charity in smaller groups and directly.
He has done this not only through providing financial support, but also by retaining close links with Hasler Naval Service Recovery Centre, and – along with his team – assisting veterans with employment, mentoring and rehabilitation events. He has also taken part in a number of fundraising challenges, including a 125-mile paddle across the Channel from Port-en-Bessin to Portsmouth in 2014.
He also offers space within his offices and secretarial services on a pro bono basis to the Charity, various veteran groups and Rock 2 Recovery, an organisation started by veterans reaching out to others demonstrating symptoms of post-traumatic stress and considering suicide.
As a trustee since 2014, Keith has chaired the Fundraising and Development Committees and represented the charity’s interests on investments. He’s been a source of invaluable advice and has linked us to numerous partner organisations.
We are therefore absolutely delighted to retain someone of such distinguished calibre and honoured he has agreed to remain with us as part of the wider Corps Family and, as an adviser to the Charity Executive – particularly concerning income generation – to continue to promote and advocate for the Charity throughout the business community.”