Every year we help over 3,000 sailors, marines and their families. We wouldn’t be able to provide the help we do without the generosity of supporters who leave a gift in their Will. We are now able to offer our generous supporters the chance to update or write a new Will free of charge. Using the National Free Wills Network, we can put you in touch with a local solicitor who will help you at no cost to you.  You can contact us at freewills@rnbt.org.uk
Although there’s no obligation to do so, we hope you choose to remember RNBT and the brave sailors and marines who have served their country. Gifts in Wills have been vital to our fundraising efforts for the last 100 years, so once you’ve taken the time to ensure your loved ones are looked after, we hope you might consider leaving us a gift to lend a helping hand to future generations of sailors and marines.  More information can be found at http://www.rnbt.org.uk/support-us/gift-in-wills/

 

Congratulations to our Finance and HR Officer, Sarah Collen on passing her CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate In HR Practice. CIPD Level 3 provides a solid grounding in HR and Learning & Development. CIPD Level 3 is the perfect choice for anyone looking for an entry-level role.  Not only did she pass but Sarah juggled her studies with full time work and raising her 3 yr son, not to mention Hubby !  Well done Sarah.

The application was supported by the Planning Committee and authority delegated to grant planning permission subject to completion of a suitable Section 106 Agreement and suitably worded conditions. The impressive 66-bed home, to be named Admiral Jellicoe House after the founder of RNBT, will be built on Locksway Road on a site close to St James’ Hospital, with its strong historic links to care for the naval community, owned by NHS England.

RNBT Chairman of Trustees Nick Fletcher said  ‘We are delighted that the City Council has given the go ahead for this most important project which will deliver residential, nursing and dementia care for naval veterans in Portsmouth, the Home of the Royal Navy. It will be the centrepiece of our centenary – what better way to mark our hundred years of care than by building such an impressive and important care home for naval veterans.’

Nick Jellicoe, the naval author and grandson of Admiral Jellicoe, said:‘I have just heard that the RNBT plans to name its new Portsmouth care home, the ‘Admiral Jellicoe House’. John Jellicoe, my grandfather, the Trust’s founder and first benefactor, would have been honoured – and touched – that such a worthy cause will carry his name. It will be a legacy to his humanity and his vision.’

The current First Sea Lord, Admiral Tony Radakin, has been equally supportive of the project:  ‘I am delighted to hear of the Trust’s decision to provide a further care home, and gladder still that it will be in Portsmouth.’

 

It is with great pleasure that the staff of the naval charities can return to their offices and continue with the good work they have been doing so well from their homes during these very uncertain times of COVID-19.

To reassure all our supporters and potential visitors to Castaway House that it is a safe environment, our CE, Rob Bosshardt has produced this short video.  The safety of all the staff and visitors is paramount.

 

We know that the staff at Pembroke House always go above and beyond in their role to look after our loved ones but now, on a monthly basis we will be awarding those staff beit 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 goes to: Gary  Cook  – Pembroke House Gardener

The introduction of new clinical procedures at Pembroke House has resulted in very high standards of infection control. We are confident in maintaining the safest measures possible to ensure that there is no risk to the health and safety of our residents and staff.

Pembroke House New Resident Procedures

Welcome to Pembroke House! Due to our exceptional standards in infection control, we are delighted to say that we are now accepting new residents. This short video is a tour and introduction of our new procedures so that we can ensure the health and safety of all our residents and staff. For futher information visit http://www.rnbt.org.uk/pembroke-house/new-residents/

Posted by The Royal Naval Benevolent Trust on Thursday, 25 June 2020

Filmed by Proaction Creative Ltd

Pembroke House is now accepting new residents. The introduction of new clinical procedures at Pembroke House has resulted in very high standards of infection control. We are confident in maintaining the safest measures possible to ensure that there is no risk to the health and safety of our residents and staff.

If you are interested in becoming a resident at Pembroke House please visit our New Residents page which explains our admissions procedures during this pandemic. Should you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us by calling 01634 852431 or emailing enquiries@pembrokehouse-rnbt.org.uk.

We know that the staff at Pembroke House always go above and beyond in their role to look after our loved ones but now, on a monthly basis we will be awarding those staff beit 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 goes to:  Karen Flynn – Clerical Officer

We are delighted that all the tests came back ‘negative’ which was a relief to everyone.  It is a measure of how hard the Home Manager and her staff have worked to keep up the highest standards of care and infection control to protect staff and residents to the very best of our abilities, but we are not complacent, as it is only by maintaining these very high standards that we can reduce the likelihood of infection.

The sun shone brightly for the VE Day 75 celebrations amongst the staff, residents and even neighbours of Oxford Road.  The residents were treated to a wonderful BBQ and in the late afternoon, gathered in Oxford Road to join in with the Sing-a-Long and dancing. Laura Grant and Lisa Sullivan had arranged for local entertainer Caroline Ferguson to lead the singing  and Paul Stevens played the bagpipes.

 

PPE is a sought after commodity at the moment, so imagine the surprise of Pembroke House Home Manager Tarnia when distribution company FPS (Maidstone) donated boxes of gloves and sanitiser.  Nationwide companies have pooled their PPE and distributed it into smaller packages. Employee John Whitaker nominated Pembroke House, as his grandmother was once a resident. Thank you.

We know that the staff at Pembroke House always go above and beyond in their role to look after our loved ones but now, on a monthly basis we will be awarding those staff beit 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 goes to:  Ann Lindsay – RGN

Our CE, Rob Bosshardt remains  optimistic about the plan for the new facility despite blows to the project.  We revealed the build on part of the St James’ Hospital site in Milton last September.  The application has been plagued by delays and now the Trust is appealing to planners at Portsmouth City Council to help speed up the process.

Rob said: ‘The demand for a veterans care home locally can only increase.  Wouldn’t it be a good news story if we could deliver something like this during the crisis that faces us.  This would be a win-win situation.  We want to be able to deliver this care home and deliver something for Portsmouth during this dark time we find ourselves in.

If the councillors and planners were able to give the green light for the bid by July, then the new facility could be open by autumn next year.

Councillor Donna Jones, Conservative leader in Portsmouth said it was ‘frustrating’ the plan had not progressed.  ‘The biggest losers are the veterans in the city who will benefit from the highly specialist home once it’s built.

 

 

The royal championed the work of Portsmouth-based Royal Naval Benevolent Trust (RNBT), as it continues to support current and former naval personnel through the crisis.

The message comes as the head of the charity today warned of a huge rise in the number of desperate families appealing for aid, with more now struggling to pay for rent and food.

Rob Bosshardt, chief executive of the organisation, said the trust had handed out almost £12,000 in crisis grants to help naval families pay their rent – an increase of ‘200 per cent’ compared to a similar pre-lockdown period.

In Pembroke House tradition, all residents who have a birthday receive a special Birthday cake. Cyril is all set to blow out the candle – but observing fire regulations we couldn’t risk 93 candles !!  Happy Birthday Cyril.

We know that the staff at Pembroke House always go above and beyond in their role to look after our loved ones but now, on a monthly basis we will be awarding those staff beit 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 goes to:  Michelle Oxley – Domestic Assistant