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.

NEW DATE: Annual 10K Sponsored Bike, Walk or Run - Sunday 11th October 2015

Fun RunWe have rearranged the sponsored fun run, walk or bike ride until Sunday 11th October 2015. We would appreciate as much support as we can get in this event. There is no need to be an athlete as you can walk the course as well as run or bike it. All we ask is you raise a minimum of £20 to support Care Ashore's objectives.

Depending on your preference, you can choose to cycle, walk or run the 10K distance, however you do it we would really appreciate your participation whether it be as a sponsor. The route will be local to Care Ashore and will start and finish at Springboxk Estate Car Park.

If you would like to register and take part please contact Carol Jarrett on 01403 752555 or c.jarrett@careashore.org

Springbok Sustainable Wood Heat Co-operative

Springbok Sustainable Wood Heat Co-operativeSpringbok Co-op is a new co-operative that has been formed to build and operate a wood chip fuelled district heating system, utilising locally sourced wood chip, at Springbok Estate, Alfold, Surrey. It will provide heat to Care Ashore, a charitable home for retired seafarers, a separate block of 7 flats and a further 14 individual houses, bungalows and maisonettes. The properties are at present heated by individual boiler systems fuelled by oil or electricity but the larger oil boilers are in need of replacement and the Estate is not on the gas grid.

Springbok Co-op’s income will come from the sale of heat at the Springbok Estate and the Renewable Heat Incentive (“RHI”), a payment made by the UK government for the generation of qualifying renewable heat.