For the second year an intrepid team from Banstead-based care home, The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society, has completed a gruelling 24 Peaks Challenge, conquering 24 peaks in 24 hours to raise more than £4,000 for fellow maritime charity Seafarers UK. Staff members from the home in Surrey took up the challenge to raise money for Seafarers UK, with Deputy Home Manager Dorota Serafin, Estates Manager Richard Condie, Carer Kim Tema, Care Assistant Cynthia Hugo and Maintenance Technician Nick Potroanchenu tackling the course.
Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society has so far raised more than £4,300 for Seafarers UK, with more donations coming in daily. The team is calling for even more donations to double last year’s total of £4,000 and raise as much money as possible for the seafaring charity, which makes grants to nautical charities caring for the welfare needs of seafarers, ex-seafarers and their dependants, including the Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society who receive substantial annual grants from Seafarers UK.
Seafarers UK receives no government funding and is heavily dependent on public donations and legacies to maintain its grant-making programme.
Commander Brian Boxall-Hunt, Chief Executive of Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society, said: “Everyone here at the home is extremely proud of the team for undertaking such a demanding challenge to raise money for a cause very close to our hearts.
“Seafarers UK depends on fundraising to help continue its work of granting vital funding to support seafarers in need and their families. The projects it supports make a real different to people’s lives and we are proud to play our part.
Team member Richard Condie, Estates Manager at Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society, said: “It was a tremendous effort from the team – the new team members were shocked at the toughness of the challenge and amazed that anyone would go back for a second time!
“The conditions were atrocious, with teams dropping out from very early on. If you want to see a waterfall flowing upwards, we can show you were to go! The event pushed us to the limit both physically and mentally but as a team we came through and finished sixth out of a total of 24 teams.”
It’s not too late to donate – you can support the fundraising team by visiting www.justgiving.co.uk/belvedere.