Navy Tot Fund gets another boost from Pusser’s Rum

by admin on September 12, 2009

Me (left), Second Sea Lord Vice Admiral Sir Alan Massey, Commander Paddy McClurg, General Secretary Royal Naval Association

Me (left), Second Sea Lord Vice Admiral Sir Alan Massey, Commander Paddy McClurg, General Secretary Royal Naval Association

On the eve of Black Tot Day, 30 July, I handed over a substantial cheque to navy charities.

The cheque was accepted by the Second Sea Lord Vice Admiral Sir Alan Massey in the Great Cabin of Lord Nelson’s Flagship HMS Victory on behalf of the Royal Navy Sailors Fund, otherwise known as the Tot Fund.

This is an annual donation made by Pusser’s Rum to the Royal Navy Sailors Fund which was set up by the Admiralty in recompense for discontinuing the tradition of serving a daily rum tot on ships of the Royal Navy. The Fund provides amenities for serving  members of the Royal Navy and Pusser’s is the largest contributor to the Fund, outside the original bequest.

It was on 31 July 1970, known as Black Tot Day, that the serving of the daily rum issue was discontinued. However, in 1979 I obtained the original blend for Pusser’s Rum from the Admiralty and commercially started blending Pusser’s Rum for public consumption.  In appreciation, Pusser’s Rum makes a donation from worldwide sales to the Sailors Fund. To date, donations have reached over £1million.

In recognition of my long relationship with the Royal Naval Association, I was presented with the Association’s Admiral Lord Nelson Medal by Commander Paddy McClurg, General Secretary of the Association.

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Erica Williams September 22, 2009 at 7:38 am

Wonderful picture, very dignified. Your kindness will be remembered for a very long time. You’re a wonderful person.

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