We know that the staff at Pembroke House always go above and beyond in their role to look after our loved ones. On a monthly basis we will be awarding those staff, be it Nurses, HCA, Domestics, Handy Men, Activities, Administrators or Kitchen Staff.  A member of staff is nominated each month by the residents and the staff for ‘going that extra mile’, either with their care or just their happy, joyous nature.

The award of Employee of the Month for July goes to:

Nicola Bruin from the Catering department, nominated by the residents and John Ferguson from Maintenane, nominated by the staff.

             

A further compelling reason for the choice is that many of Cammell Laird’s current employees are former service personnel.  The company is now asking all its employees to consider a range of different ways they can raise money for the Trust, from sponsored events such as sporting challenges, to cake bakes and jumper days. All the money raised by Cammell Laird will be donated to the RNBT’s ambitious project to build a new purpose-built care home for veterans of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines. The Trust has set a fundraising target of £2 million.

Work is already underway on Admiral Jellicoe House, which is the centrepiece of the Trust’s centenary year, and is on track for practical completion in the spring of 2022.

David McGinley, Chief Executive Officer of Cammell Laird Ship Repairers and Shipbuilders and Atlantic & Peninsula Marine Services, said: “We are delighted to make this announcement of Cammell Laird’s support of the Royal Naval Benevolent Trust during Armed Forces Day 2021.

“We are immensely proud of our role in supporting the Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary by maintaining their fleet here in the UK and whilst in operational theatre across the globe so it seems the perfect fit for us to get behind such a worthwhile project as the creation of Admiral Jellicoe House.”

Mr McGinley, added: “I am encouraging as many of our employees as possible to get involved in a variety of fundraising initiatives over the next 12 months so we can make a positive contribution towards the Admiral Jellicoe House project.”

Commander Rob Bosshardt, Chief Executive of the RNBT, said: “We are very grateful to receive the support of Cammell Laird and look forward to hearing about the various fundraisers taking place throughout the year.

“Admiral Jellicoe House will be a significant addition to RNBT’s ability to provide residential, nursing and, for the first time, specialist dementia care for naval veterans.

“As the 21st century progresses, our naval family becomes more diverse and, given the increasing emphasis on mental health, unique challenges posed by generational, social and economic factors, it is more important than ever for us to underpin the transition to later years among those who have given so much for our country and the Royal Navy.”

Cammell Laird has previously demonstrated its support for the Armed Forces community by signing up to the Armed Forces Covenant – a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.

 

The government is asking all care homes to allow every resident to name up to 2 people who can come for regular indoor visits.

The named visitors will need to follow some important steps to reduce the risk of infection to the person they are visiting and to others in the care home.  Lateral Flow Tests will be required by each visitor prior to arriving at Pembroke House.  Proof of a negative test can be taken on a mobile phone and shown on entry at Pembroke House.  Testing will NOT take place at the home.  To arrange for the test kits please see the link below. Please contact Pembroke House to arrange visits.

https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests?priority-taxon=774cee22-d896-44c1-a611-e3109cce8eae

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/visiting-care-homes-during-coronavirus/summary-of-guidance-for-visitors–2

As times are changing and covid-19 has brought many daily restrictions, the wearing of a face mask is now compulsory in shops, public spaces and supermarkets.  The income from attending fundraising events is at an all time low but you can still help.  RNBT Face Masks are now on sale for £5.  To purchase a face mask contact Corinne Day via email corinneday@rnbt.org.uk or telephone: 02392 690112.

Answering the call to assist, Castaway House in North Portsmouth has been established as a hub for collecting essential supplies that will be shipped out to St Vincent to help people caught up in the disaster to recover and to stay safe.  These essentials include, dry/tinned goods, towels, blankets/sheets, sleeping bags, pillows, First Aid kits, facemasks/face shields, pain killers – children/adults, cough syrup, baby formula, nappies, wipes, toiletries, clothing – in particular children’s clothing, torches, batteries, cutlery, plates, bowls, bin liners/bins, board games/books/toys.

One of the trustees of RNBT is L(CS) Shamiann Alexander, who lives in Gosport but comes from St Vincent, and has family living on the island.  She said:

‘My family is currently in the green zone, which currently provides little comfort, however it breaks my heart to see what is happening.  I just wanted to help in any way I can, as a percentage of serving Royal Navy and retired naval personnel are from St Vincent.’

Chief Executive Commander Rob Bosshardt also has family links with the island of St Vincent.  His wife Angie was born there, and she has a sister and other family living on the island.  He said:

‘We are keeping close contact with family on the island, who are fortunately safe at the moment.  My wife’s great grandparents were both killed in the huge eruption of 1902, and so we are fully aware of the risks to life as well as the massive impact that such an event has on the community.  I am delighted that RNBT and the other naval charities are joining forces with the RNA to get essential supplies to the naval community on the island to help them in the most practical ways in their time of need.  Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone on the island.’

 

RNBT and the other naval charities who work together at Castaway House are supporting The Royal Naval Association’s (RNA) plan to support the major relief effort for the people of St Vincent, of which many service personnel have families there. Castaway House will be the Portsmouth drop off point for any donations in the local area. Donations of the following items are welcome:

Dry/tinned goods

Towels, blankets/sheets, sleeping bags, pillows,

First Aid kits, facemasks/face shields,

Pain killers (children/adults), cough syrup,

Baby formula, nappies, wipes, toiletries,

Clothing – in particular children’s clothing,

Torches, batteries,

Cutlery, plates, bowls, bin liners/bins,

Board games/books/toys.

Donations please by 11am on Friday 16 April

Our heartfelt condolences are sent our Patron, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and to Her Majesty The Queen and all members of the Royal Family at this most distressing time, from all staff and trustees of the Royal Naval Benevolent Trust on the sad death of  His Royal Highness Prince Philip The Duke of Edinburgh.   His Royal Highness Prince Philip had a distinguished career in the Royal Navy, including service in the second world war, and he was a great supporter of the Royal Navy and naval veterans throughout his exemplary life of service to the country. He will be sadly missed by all.

To mark this day, PH staff and residents laid a bouquet of flowers and a plaque on the Path of Remembrance and observed a minute’s silence at 12pm.

Reflecting on this day Chief Executive, Rob Bosshardt expressed these words:

I would like to pay tribute to Tarnia Harrison and her staff on their amazing efforts.  There have been so many changes to the way business is conducted by all staff, and yet the care and support and sense of humour shared with our lovely residents has never wavered.  To keep the deadly virus at bay for so many months was a huge achievement, and we can look forward to the future with increased confidence.  The sad loss of four of our residents to the virus over the Christmas and New Year period was a cruel blow, and we remember them particularly today.

I would also like to pay tribute to the HQ staff who have adapted to the challenges of three lockdowns with ingenuity, skill and camaraderie and no little humour.  We have continued to focus on the delivery of benevolence to the RNBT Family, which has continuously and successfully been achieved.  I would also like to thank our volunteers of the Grant Committee who continue to give us their wisdom and experience and have maintained their role in deciding on particularly complex and high value grant awards.

Thank you all for your support.

We have already received £400k of support from The Michael Uren Foundation, and we were informed on 9th March that The Gosling Foundation has allocated £500k to support the project.  We are very grateful for their support.  With a number of other donations we are currently at £935k, so are still well short of our £2m target.  We have approached other charities, but will need more support if we are to reach our target. Donations made from the Admiral Jellicoe House page will be allocated specifically to the Centenary Care Home Project, so your donation will be very welcome!

Alan is looking for volunteers willing to be interviewed about their personal recollections of the war, and to be photographed for a book and exhibition.  Interviews will be used to create a short film about the volunteers experiences.  The work will also explore how the Falkland Islands have developed in the 40-years since the war.

The project has the support of the Falkland Islands government who say that Alan’s work will “make an important contribution to Falklands’ history and will greatly enrich the commemorations and celebrations planned for 2022 for both veterans and Islanders.”

The project is open to anyone who was part of the UK Taskforce, civilian and military, and to Falkland Islanders who experienced the occupation and liberation.  The requirements for volunteers are not onerous.  Alan needs a photograph of volunteers from around the time of the war, and he will visit you to take some photographs and conduct the interview.  All Covid safety measures will be complied with.

To volunteer or for further information, Alan can be contacted by email at alan.ewart@icloud.com or by phone on 07968 226213.

 

George showing us all just how much of a talented dancer he is. There is no escaping the joy that music has brought George throughout his life-the memories of concerts, dancing and the musicals. We all think he is incredible and a great dancer! At the end George had a wonderful smile and said “I haven’t danced like that in years!” Click on the video below to see more.

We know that the staff at Pembroke House always go above and beyond in their role to look after our loved ones. On a monthly basis we will be awarding those staff, be it Nurses, HCA, Domestics, Handy Men, Activities, Administrators or Kitchen Staff.  A member of staff is nominated each month by the residents for ‘going that extra mile’, either with their care or just their happy, joyous nature.

The award of Employee of the Month for January goes to: Kerri of the Administration Team

Castaway House is now closed until further notice due to the updated Covid-19 Tier Restrictions, but from all of the RNBT Team we wish you a very safe Christmas, and look forward to a brighter 2021. Please stay safe and look after each other

We know that the staff at Pembroke House always go above and beyond in their role to look after our loved ones. On a monthly basis we will be awarding those staff, be it Nurses, HCA, Domestics, Handy Men, Activities, Administrators or Kitchen Staff.  A member of staff is nominated each month by the residents for ‘going that extra mile’, either with their care or just their happy, joyous nature.

The award of Employee of the Month for December goes to: Kim Boccius, Kitchen Assistant

We all know the Navy motto ‘The Team Works’, well none more so than the Maintenance Team at Pembroke House, who have worked flat out to to erect a ‘Floor to Ceiling’ pod which will enable residents and relative to continue their visits and provide the safety they require.

This pod will now allow different family members to visit their loved ones on a weekly basis.  Tarnia Harrison, the Home Manager is over the moon with what the team have produced.  A summer house is also being erected in the garden for visits in the warmer months.  We will do all we can during these challenging times to keep the residents happy and safe.

We know that the staff at Pembroke House always go above and beyond in their role to look after our loved ones. On a monthly basis we will be awarding those staff, be it Nurses, HCA, Domestics, Handy Men, Activities, Administrators or Kitchen Staff.  A member of staff is nominated each month by the residents for ‘going that extra mile’, either with their care or just their happy, joyous nature.

The award of Employee of the Month for November goes to: Evelyn Somah RGN

 

We know that the staff at Pembroke House always go above and beyond in their role to look after our loved ones. On a monthly basis we will be awarding those staff, be it Nurses, HCA, Domestics, Handy Men, Activities, Administrators or Kitchen Staff.  A member of staff is nominated each month by the residents for ‘going that extra mile’, either with their care or just their happy, joyous nature.

The award of Employee of the Month for August goes to: Mandy Isham – Clinical Clerical and Admin Assistant

We know that the staff at Pembroke House always go above and beyond in their role to look after our loved ones. On a monthly basis we will be awarding those staff, be it Nurses, HCA, Domestics, Handy Men, Activities, Administrators or Kitchen Staff.  A member of staff is nominated each month by the residents for ‘going that extra mile’, either with their care or just their happy, joyous nature.

The award of Employee of the Month for September goes to: Paul Vant – Team Leader