Posts filed under: News

Due to COVID, we have had to cancel both our Golf AM AM in June and our Sportsman’s Lunch which was due to take place on Friday 9th October 2020.  We are launching our first virtual event through Enthuse so if you would like to register to take part either on your own or as part of a team – please click on this link:

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 last year, 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 new Challenge.

You can link your fundraising event to your Strava and your distances will be automatically updated.   There is a prize for the winner of the leaderboard at the end of the 3 month challenge which are 2 complimentary tickets to our Sportsman’s Lunch in 2021 on the top table sat next to the guest speaker (name to be confirmed nearer the date).

All money raised will go towards a winter clothing grant for the disadvantaged seafarer’s children we support.  Thank you so very much and lets get active!



If you would like to find out how to get involved and join up in future events, click here: Get involved

Continue Reading →

Due to the pandemic, we had to cancel our two main fundraising events this year.  We are hopeful to be able to organise these for next year and have already booked them.  The Golf Am Am kindly sponsored by Streets Chartered Accountants, will be held at the Hull Golf Club, Kirkella on Thursday 11th June 2021.  The format of the competition will be 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.  Please note that all players must have an accredited handicap.  This event includes; the day’s golf, refreshments at the halfway house and buffet meal following your round.

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 442 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 and Barclays community scheme.


Continue Reading →

Business Club 200 Logo

200 Business Club and Events Update

Unfortunately due to COVID-19 regulations on crowd control and for the safety of all our guests we have had to regrettably cancel both of our main fundraising events for this year – the Golf Am-Am and Sportsman’s Lunch.  These events raise over £55,000 for the Society each year and the funds are used for our welfare clothing grants.

We are pleased to say that the events are already in the diary for next year and the Golf Am-Am is booked for Friday 11th June 2021 at the Hull Golf Club and the Sportsman’s Lunch is booked for Friday 8th October 2021 at the DoubleTree by Hilton – we look forward to seeing everyone again then.

Since lockdown began in March 2020, the team from the Society have been working from their own homes and have been inundated with work, predominantly in 3 main phases:

  • When the schools closed, a great many of our existing families contacted us regarding help with a home computer in order for the children to still access education.  To date we have supplied over 100 home computers via a business account with PC World central office who deliver directly to the family homes.
  • Also, to our existing families who are already living in poverty, Trustees authorised an additional grant of £10 per week per child to be paid on a Monday for the additional food and heating costs for the children whilst off school.
  • When the fish markets closed, a great many fishing families were suddenly hit with their entire weekly income being eliminated.  We have worked in conjunction with the other fishing charities to assist these families in the short term to help provide food and heating for the children, until either Universal Credit claims are processed, or the fish markets open again.

200th Anniversary Celebrations

In 2021, we are hopeful that many of our Business Club members and supporters will be able to join the Society in celebrating our 200th Anniversary.  To commemorate this fantastic achievement, we will be inviting all of our 200 Business Club members to a Bicentenary Dinner at the Hull Minster on Thursday 25th March 2021.  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.  The 200 Business Club was launched in November 2017 and currently has 109 members.  We have raised £44,222 to date.  We hope to raise enough funds to buy 6 new caravans to replace our older existing fleet to continue to provide respite breaks for those living in poverty.

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 200th 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 200th 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 next year.

Continue Reading →

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.

Continue Reading →

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.




Continue Reading →

A huge magnificent thank you to all our guests at Sportsman’s Lunch which was held at Doubletree by Hilton hotel and we raised a staggering £50262.53! Colin Jackson was our speaker and was very inspirational. All the event funds raised will be used to provide clothing grants and welfare grants for the children we support during the winter months, predominantly to provide warm coats and shoes.


If you are a member of our Business Club you will automatically be offered a table at next year’s Sportman’s Lunch.  Tables are currently priced at £545 for 10 guests.

If you would like to book a table which will be held on Friday 9th October 2020, 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

Continue Reading →

Our AGM was held in St. Nicholas Primary School on the Newland Estate in Hull.  It was attended by 45 people and our President Lord Halifax discussed the Agenda for the afternoon and gave an update on the Society.

Continue Reading →

A brilliant day at our Golf Am Am fundraiser, we raised £6,380 towards our summer school uniform grants. Thank you to our sponsors Streets Accountants and Barclays community scheme.  Congratulations to the winners Towergate (pictured above).



Continue Reading →

A big thank you to all of those who have already sent in their kind donation for this year’s Christmas Appeal. We have so far raised just over £3,300 which is fantastic. Please continue to send in your donations, we are extremely grateful to you as your donations make such a huge difference to the children we support. Thank you.

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 £40 for every child we helped on our scheme throughout the United Kingdom.

We currently help over 400 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.

Continue Reading →

This sell-out Sportsman’s lunch has been running for over 20 years and has been previously held at the Mercure Hotel in Willerby but from this year it is now at the new Doubletree by Hilton Hotel on Ferensway in Hull which has eSportsman's lunch at doubletreenabled the charity to offer the opportunity for another 200 guests to attend.

This Sportsman’s lunch was held on Friday 12th October 2018 with guest speaker ex-rugby player and Dancing On Ice star Kyran Bracken and Ian Richards as compere.

The amount raised on the day including £18,0Sportsman's Lunch00 from the new 200 Business Club members totalled a staggering £57,431.  All the event funds raised will be used to provide clothing grants and welfare grants for the children we support during the winter months, predominantly to provide warm coats and shoes.




Continue Reading →