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Care Ashore was established in 1920 as The Merchant Seaman's War Memorial SocietyCare Ashore was established in 1920 as The Merchant Seaman's War Memorial Society after Havelock Wilson, the founder and president of the National Union of Seamen (NUS) recognised that there was a need to provide help for merchant seafarers.

He campaigned and highlighted awareness throughout the country, successfully raising funds, gaining the support of one main benefactor, Mr Henry Radcliffe, who was a shipping company owner.

Today Care Ashore continues to offer support to seafarers and provides both sheltered housing with support, and holidays to anyone who has served in either the Merchant and Royal Navies, plus the fishing fleets may apply for accommodation or a holiday.

The Springbok Co-op

The Springbok Co-op has a realistic prospect of being able to reduce Care Ashore’s fuel bills, improve their energy efficiency and support their work by harnessing the ability to ‘self-supply’ wood chip from local woodland owned or controlled by Co-op members, including Care Ashore’s own woodland which currently amounts to around 80 acres.

The Co-op aims to raise funds for the purchase and install of two 199kW Herz wood chip boilers and install a district heating system supplying heat to the residential buildings on the Springbok Estate, financed through individual members of the local community in a share offer which will be launched in July.

In the region of £15,000 will be spent by the Co-op on improving the energy efficiency of the main building complex in an arrangement that will last for 20 years.

James Allenby completes gruelling cycle event to raise funds for Care Ashore

James-AllenbyJames Allenby (pictured right), the son of one of Care Ashore’s trustees, has completed the gruelling Pinarello Grandfondo cycling event, one of the most demanding and arduous cycling events in Europe, and in doing so has raised over £700 for Care Ashore.

James was one of 5000 amateur & professional cyclists who attempted to conquer the 175km of cycling during the permitted time of 8 hours.

Starting in the historic Pinarello factory in the Piazza del Signori in Treviso, the course took in part of one of the stages of the Giro d'Italia which is Italy's equivalent of the Tour De France. James and the other riders had to contend with four mountain climbs which include distances of some 15km in length and gradients in some places peaking at 20% presenting a serious challenge to even the most experienced rider.