Seafaring charity, The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society, has reached its fundraising target to raise £4,000 for Seafarers UK, by participating in the national charity’s 24 Peaks Challenge in July.
The team of six Royal Alfred staff trained on Box Hill, the summit of the North Downs in preparation for the 50 mile course, which covered 24 peaks, all over 2,400 feet, in just a 24 hour period. The challenge took place in the Lake District over the weekend of the 11 and 12 July and the course included Scafell Pike, the highest peak in England.
The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society was one of twenty teams to participate in the event and their goal was to raise as much money as possible to ensure that Seafarers UK can continue to provide essential grants to those in need across the whole of the maritime sector. Funds raised will also contribute to campaigns designed to raise awareness of the important role that seafarers play in UK society.
Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society Chief Executive, Commander Brian Boxall-Hunt, said: “We are so proud of all that the team has achieved. It was a gruelling challenge but the valued members of staff who took part understand first-hand the difference funds raised can make for those in need.
“We are very thankful to everyone who has donated and helped us to reach our target. The money raised means many seafaring organisations will be able to continue to provide security and support for seafarers and their dependants for many years to come.”
The Royal Alfred Seafarer’s Society offers a full range of care, particularly to elderly, infirm or disabled former seafarers from across the UK, providing them with comfortable and safe accommodation, including specialist dementia care. Organisations such as Seafarers UK allow the maintenance of such services.