Eligibility

Update – 26th May 2021 

With the further relaxation of Covid regulations, the Benevolent Fund are pleased to announce that we will be reopening all apartments and cottages for holidays from Saturday 5th June.

Please note for clarity that we have been operating at 50% capacity but, from the 5th June we have fully opened all our apartments and cottages.

The website will open for bookings as follows;

  • From 9am on 1st June –Bookings for holidays starting in June and for advance booking of holidays in November
  • From 9am on 7th June –Bookings for holidays starting in July
  • From 9am on 14th June –Bookings for holidays starting in August
  • From 9am on 21st June – Bookings for holidays starting in September
  • From 9am on 21st June – Bookings for holidays starting in September and October

     IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A CONFIRMED BOOKING YOU DO NOT NEED TO REBOOK

You may wish to check your details for logging on to the website in advance of these dates

Whilst we are in an encouraging place around the Covid pandemic, we must continue to be safe and vigilant. Whilst the Benevolent Fund and our staff have made arrangements to our cleaning regimes and installed hand sanitiser in our sites we need you to play your part.

We remind you that the latest public health advice can be accessed at  – https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/news/covid-19-coronavirus

If you are availing of a holiday in Portrush you will be allocated a specific check in time. We ask that you strictly adhere to this.

Whilst present you must comply with the regulations around wearing face coverings, frequently wash your hands/ use sanitiser and maintain social distancing. When you leave you must ventilate the apartment by opening windows and remove bedding etc as you are requested by the caretaking staff.

Please especially observe the additional Covid safety precautions that we have implemented to help keep you and other holidaymakers safe, for example an enhanced cleaning regime and the installation of hand sanitisers. In particular;

  • You must not attend the apartments if you or any member of your group has covid 19 symptoms (or a positive Covid 19 test) now or at any point in the 10 days prior to your holiday. If this applies please advise the Benevolent Fund offices.
  • You must not attend the apartments if you or any member of your group has been in contact with a person who has tested positive for Covid 19 in the 10 days prior to your holiday. If this applies please advise the Benevolent Fund offices
  • To comply with the Track and Trace rules, we will need the name and telephone number of anyone over 16 staying. 
  • The only people who may use your apartment is your group and only those previously notified may use the apartment. We remind you that under the regulations, only 6 people from a maximum of 2 households may stay together.
  • If within 7 days of your stay you, or a member of your party develops Covid symptoms, or has a positive Covid test, please promptly inform the Benevolent Fund office.

Thank you in advance for your support and patience as we deal with these unprecedented times.

The Benevolent Fund owns a number of holiday accommodation. They are available on a weekly basis throughout the year, to widows / pensioners and retired ex members.

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All apartments comprise of ground, 1st and 2nd floor accommodation. A lift is fitted to block 1 in the Antrim apartments. Disabled apartments are available on the ground floor and the remaining accommodation is a mix of two and three bedroom apartments for 4, 5, or 6 people. All apartments are fully fitted and furnished. Smoking is not permitted in any of the apartments, balconies or public areas within the buildings.

Instructions on how to book can be found here.

All persons should fall into one of the following categories.

  1. Widows. Widows of members who died in service for whatever reason from 1969 to date. Widows of ex members who died within one year and one day of medical retirement from 1969 to date.
  2. Widows with dependant children. As above whose children are aged 19 years and under and are still in education.
  3. All others. The balance of all other persons advised by the Fund of their entitlement to apply for apartment places namely pensioner’s, pensioner’s widows, parents of deceased single officers, members who were medically retired (Injury on Duty) and whose pensions are extinguished by State Benefits and members of the Full Time RUC ‘R’ and Part Time RUC ‘R’ who have retired on age limit or been medically retired. In the event of their death, their widow will be eligible.