UK charities join forces to amplify positive change for seafarers


On this week’s International Day of Charity – celebrated on September 5 annually – The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society is keen to shine a light on the importance of supporting charity work in the UK. By supporting each other’s initiatives, charities can work together to address systemic problems more effectively and be more successful in their fundraising efforts.

For example, The Royal Alfred’s care home Belvedere House is supported by other organisations, such as Trinity House, and without this continued support, would not be able to provide the dedicated and specialised care to retired seafarers and their dependants.

In July this year, members of the Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society completed the 24 peaks challenge in the Lake District (pictured), which saw a group walk 24 peaks in 24 hours, walking and climbing 33 miles in total with a 13,000 ft ascent. The team underwent the challenge in memory of former Estates Manager Richard Condie, who passed away in April and had previously completed the 24 Peaks Challenge three times to raise over £12,000. The Royal Alfred team were awarded the Spirit of 24 Peaks for their high spirits, dedication and positive energy.

Most recently, the Royal Alfred team held their annual summer BBQ, raising further funds for The Seafarer’s Charity.

Commander Brian Boxall-Hunt, Chief Executive of Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society, said: “As a charity ourselves, we know how important it is to support other organisations and we are so grateful to all the organisations and individuals that have supported The Society over the years. Through collaboration, the non-profit sector can benefit from increased impact, improved efficiency, diverse funding, and stronger partnerships by generating money for other nonprofits as well as boosting visibility for important issues.

“We are proud to continue our support for The Seafarers’ Charity this year through our various fundraising efforts and so pleased our team was awarded the Spirit of the 24 Peaks challenge. It is a cause that was dear to Richard Condie, and we are honoured to carry on his legacy by rallying behind his son, Mike Condie, who has taken up the baton for 2023.

“We look forward to continuing our support in the future for deserving causes as well as showing our gratitude the organisations that help to support us.”

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