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Our AGM is due to be held on Thursday 5th August 2021 at 12 noon.  Venue to be confirmed nearer the date.   It is usually attended by approximately 45 people and our President Lord Halifax will discuss the Agenda for the afternoon and give an update on the Society.  If you wish to attend, please email

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We are hopeful that our biggest event of the Year, our Sportman’s Lunch will go ahead this Year with a capacity of 700 people, the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Hull is a fantastic place to hold our event.  There will be a guest Sports Personality speaker, an Auction, a 3 course dinner and speeches made from our Chairman and our main Sponsor, Bill Waddington from Williamsons Solicitors amongst others.

Tables are currently priced at £545 for 10 guests.  At the moment, our tables are fully reserved but if you would like to enquire about adding your name on our waiting list, which will be held on Friday 8th October 2021, please contact Wendy Fish on 01482 342331 or email

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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Due to the pandemic, we had to cancel our two main fundraising events last year but we are delighted we have been able to hold the Golf Am Am this year.  The Golf Am Am was kindly sponsored by Streets Chartered Accountants and was be held at the Hull Golf Club, Kirkella on Thursday 2nd July 2021.  It was a fantastic day and we were very fortunate with the weather.  We raised a total of £6,275 which is the most we have ever received for this event.

The format of the competition was teams of four, played Am Am stableford with two scores to count.  Handicap allowance to be ¾ of an accredited club handicap, with a maximum allowance of one short per hole.  All players had to have an accredited handicap.  This event included; the day’s golf, refreshments at the halfway house, buffet meal following the round and a presentation in the evening for the winners.

Whether you are able to play or not, there are various ways you can help support us on the day, by sponsoring a hole, providing a raffle prize or by donating towards our August School Clothing Grant, just £10 would provide a school jumper for one of our 564 children.

If you would like to enter a team for next year please contact Wendy Fish, Fundraising Co-ordinator on 07395909474.  Also if you would consider helping with the prizes please get in touch, it would be greatly appreciated.  All gifts and donations will be acknowledged in the official programme, unless requested otherwise.

Thank you to our Sponsors, Streets Accountants.


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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 2021 – 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 at the Hallmark Hotel in North Ferriby at 12 noon.  Invitations will be sent out in July.
  • 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.  It is hoped a video will be made about our 200 year history through the Yorkshire Film Archive and will be made available to view by the end of this year.
  • 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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Business Club 200 Logo


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200 Business Club

The 200 Business Club was launched in November 2017 in the Court Room at the Hull Maritime Museum by our Patron, Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal.  Since then local companies have committed to pledge for 4 years and the Business Club currently has 116 members raising a staggering total of £44,222 to date.

An important part of the support given is the provision of a respite holiday; a break from the stresses of their new daily life.  The Society owns 9 caravans based on high activity sites throughout the United Kingdom.  Due to the wear and tear of the new excited family each week throughout the busy holiday season, each caravan lasts approximately 6 years before it needs replacing.  In 2021, the Society will use the funds raised from the 200 Business Club to replace 6 existing caravans.

We invited our Business Club members to an exclusive 200 Business Club Reception attended by our Patron, HRH The Princess Royal on 14th November 2019 on board the HQS Wellington on the Victoria Embankment in London.  The day included a tour of the ship and collections plus a talk from Daniel Casali, Chief Strategist at Smith & Williamson Investment Management.

From April 2021, we are hopeful that many of our Business Club members and supporters will be able to join the Society in celebrating our 200 Year Anniversary.   To commemorate this fantastic occasion, we will be inviting all of our 200 Business Club members to a Bicentenary Dinner at the Hull Minster in Early Spring 2022.  We will confirm how to apply for the tickets as given the size of the venue and current COVID restrictions the availability will be announced nearer the date along with other dates for your calendar when they are finalised. Please keep checking our 200 Year Celebrations link which can be found on our Home page.

We also hope our Business Club members will consider the Sailors’ Children’s Society as their Charity of the Year throughout 2021 and 2022.

How to become a 200 Business Club member:

If you would like to become a member of our 200 Business Club and be part of our 200 Year history, please contact Deanne Thomas our Chief Executive Officer, her email is

The benefits to joining our 200 Club are:

  • free advertising of your Company name on our large plaque and on our website
  • priority to table allocation at our Sportsman’s Lunch and at other events
  • Exclusive invitation to our Celebratory Dinner in 2021 and other planned dates during our 200 Year Anniversary Celebrations which we will advertise within the next few months.

    Sailors’ Children’s Society – 200 Business Club Members


Thank you to all of the Business Club members that have pledged to support the Society up to and including our 200th Anniversary this year.

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Due to COVID19, our AGM was held on the platform – “Zoom”.  There were 24 people in attendance and our President Lord Halifax discussed the Agenda and gave an update on the Society along with our Chairman Christopher Towne, Mike Beckett and Mark Campey who gave updates on the Society’s financial, welfare and fundraising efforts during the last year.  Bill Waddington and Stephen Larard were elected as Vice Presidents which they thanked the President and Trustees and kindly accepted.  The President and Trustees also thanked the staff for their support and help during these unprecedented times.

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We were honoured that Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal attended our 200 Business Club event on 14th November 2019 in the Court Room of HQS Wellington, on the Embankment, London. This event was one of a series pulling businesses together in their support of Sailors Children’s Society during the run up to our 200 year Anniversary in 2021.  It was attended by over 100 people from our 200 Business Club members, Trustees and some supported families.

The 200 Business Club aims to raise £200,000 by 2021 which will be used to provide 6 replacement caravans in our celebratory year giving respite breaks to those disadvantaged children of seafarers throughout the United Kingdom.  As an island nation we rely on our seafarers and from its origins in Hull, the Society has supported nearly 9000 children during its history.  The need remains today and we currently support over 500 children and young people from Royal Navy, Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleet backgrounds who following a traumatic event are living in poverty through no fault of their own. Our outreach programme provides financial, emotional and practical support when families need it and each family stays with the Society for at least 5 years.




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