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:  Jacqueline McSharry – Catering Assistant


I just want to share with you a good news story, pre Coronavirus and social distancing. Jean came to Pembroke House from hospital and was very unwell with grade 4 pressure sores and was on continuing care. Staff had to nurse Jean and dress her wounds hourly, she was unable to walk and was totally dependent on staff for all her care needs. During her time at Pembroke House and with the care and dedication of the staff and Jean’s positivity, she can now walk with a frame and self-administers her insulin. We are so proud of her progress. Jean is now back at home with  her family. Well done Jean.

We have now signed and exchanged contracts at the offices of Blake Morgan with our chosen development partner, LNT Care Developments Ltd, to buy the land and build our 66-bed care home for our Centenary Project, subject to gaining planning permission from Portsmouth City Council.

This marks an important project milestone. We are looking forward to a successful partnership with LNT, the UK’s leading purpose built residential care home developer, in building our fully fitted equipped Care Home for naval veterans in Portsmouth, the Home of the Royal Navy

At the start of the New Year, RNBT was part of the Community Matters scheme run by Waitrose in Southsea.  Our supporters were asked to ‘Pop when you Shop’ a green token into the RNBT section, the chosen 3 charities would each receive a share of £1000.  Today the Chief Executive, Rob Bosshardt and the Events and Publicity Officer, Corinne Day were presented with a cheque for £429.  This donation will go towards the new Centenary Care Home project.  For updates on the project click onto the Support Us page on this website. http://www.rnbt.org.uk/support-us/

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:  Lisa Collins – HCA Medicator


Laura was given the opportunity to study for a Master of Science degree in Social and Applied Psychology through her role at Pembroke House, the course was funded by RNBT.  Her 2 years of determination, hard studying, essays and projects were finally worth it when Laura graduated at the University of Kent with a distinction.

The course examined theories of group behaviour and the impact this has on individual well-being.  The residents at Pembroke House helped with her project. investigating possible factors contributing towards resident well being, including resident’s attitudes towards age and the effects of inter-group contact with staff, social engagement and also examined the care home environment on resident’s active social life.  All of this research has helped Laura to understand and implement new ways the home can promote good quality of life for the residents.

Laura said she is very grateful for the support she received from RNBT  and Pembroke House and was chuffed to bits with her distinction, the hard work paid off.

For those in the local area please pop along to the Southsea branch of Waitrose and show your support by placing a token in the Community Matters Scheme.  You have just 3 days left.

During a Confederation Of Naval Associations (CONA) meeting, the RNBT Chief Executive, Rob Bosshardt, gave a presentation on the plans for the Centenary Care Home Project, being built in Milton, Portsmouth.  Tony and Dave thought this would be a good project to donate to.  They approached the members of the Wessex Lodge of Fidelity, who agreed unanimously to donating £500 to the Care Home Project.  Both Tony and Dave were former sailors who served on HMS TENBY together.

Dave is a former Royal Marines Warrant Officer who was discharged from the Service after completing close to 29 years of “undetected crime” in the Corps.

Employed for the last 7 years as one of the RNBT Grant Administrators he decided to try and keep fit by joining the Royal Marines Association Cycle Club, nothing to do with the Royal Marines penchant for dressing up in lycra he assures us!

He has completed one or two long distance challenges the longest of which has been a ride of 173 miles ride from the Commando Training Centre at Lympstone in Devon to the “Yomper” on Southsea seafront which he completed together with a number of other former RMs in 11 hours 14 mins on 20 Jul 19.

In order to try and keep this newly acquired cycle fitness Dave foolishly decided to enter a challenge on Strava which required the completion of 5,000 miles in a year to entitle the competitor to wear a T shirt proclaiming the fact – a dubious honour for the hard work required to achieve the distance.

Dave has now achieved his goal, albeit far too slowly for his liking. At times the thought of getting battery assistance to speed the process up has looked very appealing!

With the sudden illness of his office colleague, Sam, it has become slightly more difficult to get the mileage in and Dave has been getting up early doors to try and complete 20 miles on the bike prior to starting work.

Dave completed the challenge of the 5,oooth mile coming into Castaway House on Christmas Eve prior to going on leave, thereby allowing  Dave’s very sore derriere some much needed rest.


Leon Gray, a former Service Policeman set up Heckleby’s Hounds dog walking and pet services business in March 2019 and with the help of a business grant from RNBT was able to expand.  Leon was able to purchase more pet equipment, such as dog leads, muzzles and also use the funds to complete a Dog First Aid course, and help with his online marketing campaign.

Leon has also introduced a ‘Heckleby’s Heroes’ scheme which gives military, veteran and public services personnel a 10% discount on all his services, a unique selling point for this service. For further information of this service contact info@hecklebyshounds.co.uk or visit the website www.hecklebyshounds.co.uk or search FB and Instagram @hecklebyshounds



Rob and his team will be attempting to complete the 25 mile route with over 5,000 feet of ups and downs in less than 12 hours.  Rob is no stranger to challenges having competed in the London Marathon in 2017.  Rob and the team will be raising funds for RNBT.  To find out how you can donate to this challenge please click on the link below.


On the 13th of April Tracy Mawer joined a group of 7 others to commence a 19 day trek to Everest Base Camp.  After arriving in vibrant Kathmandu she took an ‘interesting and heart-stopping’ internal flight to Lukla airport to start our trek.  In the first few days the team passed through many villages greeting ‘Namaste’ to the locals and waving to the friendly children.  They crossed many long suspension bridges – often waiting for the yaks or donkeys to cross first.  To say the scenery was spectacular was an understatement, and as they trekked higher within the Himalayas, the surrounding mountains were truly breathtaking.   The trek was physically challenging, with the relentless climbs and the high altitude, reaching base camp (5364 metres) made it all worthwhile.   When asked the question “Would she do this again?? Most definitely.  Nepal is a very beautiful and welcoming country and has so much to offer travelers, trekkers and climbers.

During her trek Tracy raised funds for RNBT.

Well not much has changed, the RNBT are still giving money away to serving personnel and veterans of the RN and RM and their families but what has changed is the volume of beneficiaries and the amounts. In just 1 yr (ended 30 June 1977) the Grant Committee helped 249 beneficiaries and their families to the tune of £14,235. The average grant was £46. Fast forward to 2019, the RNBT has helped over 2,991 beneficiaries to the sum of £2.5 million and the average grant is £827.

One of the committee stalwarts then and now is Ken Lambert BEM. Ken pictured on the right of the photo, has held the positions of RNBT Trustee and Grants Committee Chairman. If you would like to be part of the Grant Committee and can spare an hour on a Wednesday between 1130 and 1230 please contact rnbt@rnbt.org.uk.


It was a lovely surprise to meet the man who has been the face of the RNBT posters for over 7 years. Vic Read traveled from Bognor Regis by public transport especially to meet Corinne, the Events and Publicity Officer. It was many years ago that Corinne saw a photo of Vic, taken at the National Arboretum and thought it would be a great one to use for the RNBT advert poster. Vic now 96 years of age, joined the Royal Navy in January 1939 in the Fleet Air Arm and served for 15 years, leaving as a CPO Air (L). Vic has always been an active member of the RNA and was the Standard Bearer for his local RNA. He now lives in Brigg, Scunthorpe and decided that whilst he was on holiday in Bognor he’d visit RNBT.

“It was an absolute pleasure to meet Vic and I hope that when he visits this area again he’ll pop in for another cuppa and a chat.”

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) carried out a comprehensive inspection of Pembroke House on 13th and 14th June 2018.

Whilst the full inspection report has not yet been published, the written feedback from the Inspector was most encouraging, noting the ‘positive comments from people about the care provided’; ‘full activities programme and planned visits’; ‘good management structure in place and comprehensive quality assurance systems in place’, and ‘safe recruitment procedures in place for staff and volunteers.’

It also noted that a new medication system had been implemented and that a change in care planning documentation from paper to electronic was in progress.  This initial feedback report reflects very favourably on the efforts of the Home Manager and staff, and a successful final Inspection Report is awaited with confidence.

A huge thank you to Hays Travel Gosport, Branch Manager Sara and her staff, who have recently cycled from Gosport to Plymouth and back on static bikes (thank you to Anytime Fitness (Gosport) for the loan of the bikes). Which equates to 340 miles. Customers and staff all got involved. The event also included a cake sale, well why not, as everyone burnt the calories off cycling! In total the event raised £350.