A £10m Financial Influx To Support Seafarers In Crisis

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  • The Seafarers’ Charity has announced that an incredible £10 million has been awarded recently
  • Given to a Charity to support the safety and welfare of seafarers over the past three years. .
  • An unprecedented period which has seen seafarers’ welfare severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, a war in Ukraine and also the cost of living crisis.

As a long term and substantial supporter of seafarers’ welfare, The Seafarers’ Charity has considerably stepped up its financial support for maritime welfare during this extremely difficult period for seafarers and their families.

Seafarer Wellbeing

Most recently in 2022, The Seafarers’ Charity has awarded over £3 million to support maritime welfare and safety for both UK and international seafarers. This £3m package of support is for everyone who works at sea, whether that be in global shipping, international ferries, UK fishing or the professional yacht industry. Highlights include:

  • Funding the essential work of 61 charities and not for profit organizations to deliver a range of welfare support for seafarers.
  • Supporting working seafarers and those who have retired through services.
  • Developing and leading several substantial projects to improve safety in the UK fishing fleet.

The substantial impact of the Charity’s funding is documented in a recently released Impact Report.

Committed To Safety

The Seafarers’ Charity has been committed to supporting seafarers’ safety and welfare for 105 years – ever since it was first established, with support from King George V, in 1917. Over the last 10 years alone, The Seafarers’ Charity has pumped an incredible total of £28 million into supporting seafarers’ welfare, with £10m awarded in the most recent 3 years of crisis – demonstrating the increased needs of seafarers at this time.

Deborah Layde, in her first year as the Chief Executive for The Seafarers’ Charity, summed up her feelings about the Charity’s increased investment in maritime welfare services “I am so proud that our Charity has stepped up over the last three years in response to the various crises that have impacted seafarers. We have worked with both the shipping industry and our delivery partners to raise funds and get funded welfare services in places they were needed most…”

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Source: Theseafarerscharity

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