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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. 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, we have had to cancel both our Golf AM AM in June and our Sportsman’s Lunch which was due to take place on Friday 9th October 2020.  We are launching our first virtual event through Enthuse so if you would like to register to take part either on your own or as part of a team – please click on this link:

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 last year, 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 new Challenge.

You can link your fundraising event to your Strava and your distances will be automatically updated.   There is a prize for the winner of the leaderboard at the end of the 3 month challenge which are 2 complimentary tickets to our Sportsman’s Lunch in 2021 on the top table sat next to the guest speaker (name to be confirmed nearer the date).

All money raised will go towards a winter clothing grant for the disadvantaged seafarer’s children we support.  Thank you so very much and lets get active!

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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