We are proud to announce the official charities for the Seatrade Awards 2017
The Seatrade Awards are delighted to be supporting both Seafarers UK and The Mission to Seafarers.
In addition to donating £5 from each ticket sale to both charities, the Seatrade Awards will feature a silent auction; providing you with an opportunity to give back to the wider maritime community.
Seafarers UK (formally known as King George’s Fund for Sailors) has been helping people in the maritime community for 100 years, by providing vital funding to support seafarers in need and their families.
The charity does this by giving money to organisations and projects that make a real difference to people’s lives, across the Merchant Navy, Fishing Fleets, Royal Navy and Royal Marines.
Last year Seafarers UK gave grants totalling £2.5 million to 70 maritime welfare charities.
As an ‘island nation’ the UK depends on seafarers to defend our shores, trade with other countries and import essential fuel and food. The job of a seafarer is therefore vital, but also demanding and hazardous with a much greater chance of injury than many other professions.
Serving seafarers may be facing problems of very different kinds; long periods of separation from friends and family, extended periods of duty, fatigue, and working heavy machinery whilst being exposed to harsh weather. Such dangers and difficulties can lead to disability, depression, debt, relationship breakdown, injury or even death.
Funding from Seafarers UK enables seafarers to access advice and information, and if necessary to adapt to life on shore, re-train and find new employment.
Because Seafarers UK works closely with all of the organisations that support seafarers and their dependants, donations can be targeted where they will make the biggest difference.
Seafarers UK receives no government funding and relies on donations, legacies and fundraising to be able to carry on providing long-term aid. Without this, there simply wouldn’t be the level of support the charity is able to provide today and that last year gave hope and help to over 170,000 seafarers and their families when they needed it most.
Find out more: seafarers.uk
The Mission to Seafarers
The Mission to Seafarers is a global maritime charity founded in 1856. It provides help and support to the 1.5 million men and women who face danger every day to keep the global economy afloat.
The charity operates a network where seafarers are valued and cared for in the ports where the need is greatest. Mission to Seafarers works in over 200 ports in 50 countries caring for seafarers of all ranks, nationalities and beliefs.
The issues the charity aims to tackle include abandonment, difficulties with communication, fatigue, mental health, piracy and shipwreck, among many others. This support includes everything from providing phone cards to seafarers who have been unable to contact their families, to providing food and supplies to those on abandoned vessels, and counselling after serious incidents at sea.
Through its global network of chaplains, staff and volunteers, it offers emergency assistance and practical, emotional and spiritual support to seafarers through ship visits, drop-in seafarers' centres and a range of welfare support services.
Find out more: missiontoseafarers.org