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As it is the start of our Bi-Centenary Year Celebrations, we are delighted to launch a “Together for 200 Challenge” via Enthuse.  The Challenge will run throughout the year.  Please get involved and register as an individual or as part of a team through Enthuse by clicking on the Together for 200 Challenge link.

For every £2 raised we will provide a lunch during the school holidays  for the disadvantaged seafarer’s children we support.

If you would like to find out how to get involved and join up in future events, click here: Get involved



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Our 200 Year Anniversary in 2021 – providing support to former seafarers’ families in need since 1821


Sailor’s Children’s Society celebrated 200 years on Monday 19th April 2021 and we commemorated this fantastic occasion by a
couple of events on the day and we hope to organise several events throughout the year subject to COVID restrictions.  The programme of events planned for 2021 and 2022 are as follows:

  • The morning of 19th April 2021 – a meeting of four people including our Chairman and the Lord Mayor was held on the banks of the River Humber to mark our 200 Year Anniversary.  A huge thank you goes to SMS Towage and the crews of the vessels Superman and Pullman who kindly arranged to use their tug boat’s water cannons to launch the celebrations was spectacular.  Radio Humberside and Look North were present during this fantastic occasion.
  • Our 200 Year Celebrations Video is available to view on YouTube by clicking here
  • Monday 19th April – Deanne Thomas our Chief Executive Officer, Lord Halifax, our President and Christopher Towne, our Chairman presented on Zoom in the presence of over 100 people at 5pm to commemorate and announce the start of the celebrations with our supporters, staff and Trustees and to launch our Together for 200 Campaign via Enthuse.
  • 5th August 2021 – our Annual General Meeting will take place on the Newland Estate in Hull.
  • Late Summer 2021 – we will have an Exhibition at the Hull History Centre where we have a full display of our photographs showing the history of the Society and some artefacts.
  • Early Spring 2022 – a Bicentenary Dinner will take place at the Hull Minster.  We will be inviting all of our 200 Business Club members and this will be a limited ticket based event.  The availability for these tickets and how to apply will be announced nearer the date.



1821  On the 19th April 1821, a meeting convened by public advertisement in the Boys’ Schoolroom to organise a Society, the designation of which was to be “The Port of Hull Society for the Religious Instruction to Seamen”.  The floating chapel “Valiant” opened for worship in the Humber Dock.

1823  Ship’s library facility formed in the floating chapel which continued though to the 1970’s in conjunction with the British Sailors’ Society.

1824  Marine School opened for the purpose of improving sea apprentices in writing, reading, arithmetic and navigation.

1837  Sailors Orphan Institute established in Waterhouse Lane for clothing and educating of deceased seamen and rivermen.

1862  First orphan house opened in Castle Row.

1867  Society purchased Thanet House, Park Street for £4,500 to accommodate one hundred orphans.

1868  First Royal Patronage – HRH Rear Admiral, the Duke of Edinburgh.

1892  Six acres purchased at Newland on which to erect a model village.

1897  School opened for primary school teaching of the Society’s children.

1914  First children of Royal Navy casualties received into the Society’s care.

1919  Society incorporated under the Companies Act.

1936  The inaugural meeting of the Old Scholars Association.

1939  Opening of the first residential Seamen’s Institute.

1941  Children evacuated to Brighouse and Pateley Bridge.

1946  Re-occupation of Newland by the children.

1950  Society name change to “Sailors’ Childrens’ Society”.

1953  Beginning of subsidisation of children in their own homes.

1961  Six thousand children supported since our work began.

1963  Opened first house for elderly seafarers.

1965  Homes for elderly seafarers in Lowestoft, Goole and Grimsby.

1983  Introduction of “halfway houses” for adolescents.

1991  Society name change to “Sailors’ Families’ Society”.

1996  Advance child care programme at Newland, strengthen support for seafaring families throughout the country and continue with the care of our resident retired seafarers.

2003  Following the death of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, patron since 1937, HRH The Princess Royal agrees to become the patron of the Society.

2004  The last child leaves Newland and the Family Support Scheme looking after children in their own homes becomes the Society’s primary focus.

2009  Newland estate is sold to student accommodation provider.

2011  Society celebrates its 190th Anniversary of care and currently supports nearly 400 disadvantaged children of seafarers.  Help provided includes child welfare grants, clothing grants and caravan holidays.

Re-enactment of the very first public meeting organised on 19th April 2011 as a mark of respect to all those people who have helped the Society over the years.

2016 to the Present Day  The Society supports over 650 children and young people throughout the United Kingdom on our Child Support Scheme.  Family Support Officers provide a little steps programme to help families move forwards and have service links to other specialised organisations. Our aim during this time is to allow children to be children as they adjust to the new circumstances and encourage the family to become more independent again.




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“Please donate to our Christmas Appeal this year – Thank You” 

This year has certainly been challenging for everyone and will certainly be one to remember.  Since the start of the pandemic, lockdown here at the Society we have working from the safety of our own homes and being fully operational providing assistance to those seafaring families in need.  Both of our main fundraising events have been cancelled this year which makes this Appeal even more important to us.

A big thank you to all of those who have already sent in their kind donation for this year’s Christmas Appeal.  We have raised just over £9,000 to date!  Please continue to send in your donations as these make sure a huge difference to the children we support.

As you are already aware, the families we help usually come to us following a traumatic event including bereavement, terminal illness diagnosis or the breakdown of an abusive relationship. The major issue facing our families is how the children cope in these situations so we seek to let children be children and enjoy a normal family life.

The monies raised from this Christmas Appeal will be used to help pay for new winter coats and shoes for each disadvantaged child of a seafarer we support. Last year our winter clothing grant was £55 for every child we helped on our scheme throughout the United Kingdom.

We currently help nearly 650 children and the large majority of our families do not have a car; this makes the winter clothing grant essential as the children walk and travel on public transport each day.

We understand that in the current economic situation people do not have large amounts of spare money, however any donation no matter how small would be greatly appreciated. Please click on the red Donate button on the right side of this page. We thank you for your ongoing support of the Society.

Please click on the link below to view a pdf version of our leaflet for this year’s Christmas Appeal.  If you wish to make a donation, please click on the Donate Now button at the top of this page and add XA 2020 to your donation.

Christmas Appeal leaflet 2020

Ashore & Afloat 2020 leaflet

Here is a copy of our Ashore & Afloat 2020 leaflet – if you wish to be added to our mailing list, please let us know by clicking the Contact Us page.

Christmas Appeal 2019 raised nearly £9,000 which was fantastic thank you to all who kindly donated.

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Due to COVID, both our Golf AM AM in June and our Sportsman’s Lunch which was due to take place on Friday 9th October 2020 had to be cancelled.  We therefore, launched our first virtual event through Enthuse from September to December 2020, please click on this link below to see how much we have raised so far:

This will take you through to our fundraising event page which will include a collection of videos from our Chief Officer, Deanne Thomas and from our guest speaker, Colin Jackson who we are so very grateful to him for sharing a message of support.  Many thanks to Bill Waddington who is our main sponsor at the Sportman’s Lunch and also thanks to Stephen Larard our Auctioneer who have together shared a video for this Challenge.

You were able to link your fundraising event to your Strava and your distances were automatically updated.   There was a prize for the winner of the leaderboard at the end of the 3 month challenge which were 2 complimentary tickets to our Sportsman’s Lunch in 2021 on the top table sat next to the guest speaker.

All money raised will go towards a winter clothing grant for the disadvantaged seafarer’s children we support.  Thank you to all of those who took part in the challenge!

If you would like to find out how to get involved and join up in future events, click here: Get involved



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Father bakingWe currently help over 400 children following a bereavement, loss of a parent or diagnosis of a life changing medical condition. We offer each family the chance of a holiday respite at one of our 9 caravans situated on Haven Holiday sites around the UK.

The difference a holiday away can make to a child who longs for life to be the same as it was is unbelievable. The chance to try new sports, make new friends and even learn the latest dances at the site disco allows a child to switch off from the strains of daily life. If they don’t wish to do this every day, they can enjoy the comfort of their holiday respite caravan and the beach with local scenery for a time of quiet reflection.

During the peak times when the children are off school, each week costs the Society £465 per family in site fees, running costs and travel grants. We therefore aim to reach a target of £65,000 to help over 140 families this summer from Easter to October half-term.

Please either click on the Donate Now red button or text SAND09 £10 to 70070.

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