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To discover more about Royal Alfred, explore our archive where you can find news from our 150th Anniversary in 2015 or read about events from previous years.

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The Royal Alfred Seafarers' Society has been providing care and support to former seafarers, their widows and dependants for more than 150 years.


There was lots of activity at the Home in 2016, from an inspection by the Care Quality Commission to the 24 Peaks Challenge and our Open Day celebration.

For the second year and intrepid team from Royal Alfred completed the gruelling 24 Peaks Challenge, conquering 24 peaks in 24 hours to raise more than £4,000 for fellow maritime charity Seafarers UK.

We also received an unannounced visit from regulatory body the Care Quality Commission in October, which reviews the care and support we provide. The results were very positive.

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The Home was a hive of activity in 2015, with Royal visits and a new charter unveiled, as well as getting to know some pony pals, gaining green credentials, and a special open day.

In June we celebrated 150 years of providing care to former mariners with a visit from our royal Patron. HRH the Princess Royal toured the newly refurbished facilities, meeting staff, volunteers and residents before presenting the charity with a new Royal Charter.

In October we were honoured to lead the Annual National Service for Seafarers at St Paul’s Cathedral, which saw more than 20 maritime charities come together to commemorate and celebrate seafarers from across the maritime industry.

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The home was buzzing with news throughout 2014, from a resident and D-Day veteran honoured with a remembrance award, to star-studded visitors and green initiatives.

In March, Anne Kasey was recognised for her exemplary commitment to Royal Alfred, being named ‘Care Home Manager of the Year’ at Nursing and Residential Care Awards.

June was also eventful, with Roy Ticehurst, a popular tenant at Weston Acres House, awarded the ‘Lest We Forget Bradford Exchange’ award to honour the contributions and sacrifices made by him and his fellow servicemen.

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There was much to talk about in 2013, from a special royal visitor at our annual general meeting, to major achievements by the individuals who make up our Society.

HRH the Princess Royal recognised two of our trustees for their service to Royal Alfred at our AGM. Captains Tony Braithwaite and Mike Marchant were each presented with silver framed certificates of service.

Anne Kasey and Margaret Brazier celebrated a combined total of 80 years service to the Society this year. The year also saw Royal Alfred join the national Dementia Friends Campaign, with volunteer Ros Ellis championing the initiative.

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