Mayor and local school choir join The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society to mark Seafarers Awareness Week

Banstead-based care home, The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society, opened its doors this week to welcome the Mayor of the Borough of Reigate and Banstead and members of the local community to join staff and residents to celebrate seafarers across the country.

Following the success of the charity’s 150th anniversary last year, the maritime themed afternoon, held on Wednesday 22 June to mark national Seafarers Awareness Week (20-26 June), gave guests a chance to meet residents whilst celebrating the work of Seafarers UK.

Guests attended the event alongside the charity’s visiting committee where they enjoyed entertainment from the Woodmansterne Primary School choir and a tour of the care home’s facilities, which include a specialised dementia annexe, extensive grounds and newly refurbished communal areas.

A former soldier himself, Mayor of the Borough of Reigate and Banstead, Councillor David Powell shared stories with the residents and the children from his time in the forces.

The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society Chief Executive, Commander Brian Boxall-Hunt said: “Following on from the success of last year’s event celebrating our 150th anniversary, our residents really enjoyed the open day to mark Seafarers’ Awareness Week and celebrate the great work Seafarers UK does. This is a perfect chance for us to share an insight into our work at the home and showcase our facilities and grounds here at Belvedere House with the public and local community.”

Seafarers Awareness Week takes place every year to help support the maritime community and raise awareness of Britain’s dependence on seafarers. Seafarers UK, which supports charities looking after the welfare needs of seafarers, ex-seafarers and their dependants, coordinates the campaign which also promotes the Royal Navy and the Merchant Navy.

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