A transformed QVSR Felixstowe Seafarers Centre

On Friday, 5th July 2024, we were very pleased to re-launch QVSR Felixstowe Seafarers Centre.

Following a blessing by QVSR Chaplain, Rev’d Cameron Kirkwood, Stuart Rivers, Chief Executive of MNWB, and the Mayor of Felixstowe, David Rowe, cut the ribbon to officially open the newly refurbished centre.

The transformation of the centre was made possible with funding from the Department for Transport via the MNWB and the TK Foundation.

QVSR Chief Executive, Alexander Campbell OBE, spoke of QVSR’s aim to provide the very best facilities for seafarers, and to work in partnership with our maritime and ecumenical partners, port authorities and port workers, the local community, staff and volunteers to provide them with much needed welfare services whilst in port.

The Mayor of Felixstowe, David Lowe, spoke of the local community support for the centre and Ashley Parker, Portmaster at  Port of Felixstowe, gave his support on behalf of the Port. Chief Executive of the Merchant Navy Welfare Board, Stuart Rivers, said: “Welfare facilities for seafarers need constant review and this project will undoubtedly improve seafarers’ welfare. With that said, we are delighted to support this first-class facility.”

QVSR Chair, Terry Simco MBE, was unable to attend the event so his words of greeting were given by Deputy Chair, Ian Pattison.

We also took this opportunity to give special thanks to a long-standing supporter of the centre, Doreen Savage MBE, who was very concerned as to what might have happened to furniture she had given to the centre. Doreen was relieved to see that her table now took pride of place in one of the meeting rooms which has been named after her.

QVSR’s Assistant Centre Manager, Donna Betts, has worked at the centre for 26 years. We were delighted that our patron, HRH Princess Alexandra, sent Donna congratulations on her long service, and in appreciation we have named one of the other meeting rooms in her honour.

Sir Alastair Norris, QVSR Trustee, rounded off proceedings with a vote of thanks to all who joined with us on this special occasion.

We look forward to working together to put “Seafarers First”.

We are indebted to Blagbrough Contractors, and in particular Project Manager, Trevor Hunt, who are carrying out the refurbishment of our seafarers’ centres. They completed QVSR Immingham earlier this year and are currently undertaking works at QVSR Bristol which should be completed by the end of August. Their design, innovation and craftmanship enables us to provide the very best for seafarers.

Our facilities are available for seafarers 24hrs a day.

Outdoor area

Chapel

The Prayer Space in the 24hour room.

Meeting Room / Training Room Facilities