Seafarers UK is a registered charity that has been championing seafarers since 1917. We support seafarers and their families to improve their lives by tackling disadvantages they face throughout their lives. We do this by giving over £2m in grants each year to over 50 organisations and projects that make a real difference to people’s lives, across the Merchant Navy, Fishing Fleets, Royal Navy and Royal Marines. Our key aim is to provide sustainable funding and improve the quality of life for those in greatest need.
In addition to Seafarers UK’s existing annual grants programme and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Seafarers UK has established a new COVID-19 Emergency Fund of £2 million this year to support merchant seafarers and British fishers through the COVID-19 crisis. It’s the largest amount promised by a single maritime charity and reflects our long history of protecting those who work at sea. We are now closely working with our expert charity partners to identify areas of need where our support will have the greatest impact at this time of crisis. Over many years, we’ve used donations to provide immediate support to seafarers at times of need, while also investing to provide for emergencies. Through the generosity of our donors and corporate partners, and this careful investment, we’ve been able to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 to support seafarers and their families through these unprecedented times. But we know that welfare needs in the aftermath of the pandemic will endure, increasing the number of people who will need our help, and that need is likely to be well beyond the £2 million we have released.
That’s why we need your support today to help us continue to provide support to seafarers in need and their families during these unprecedented times and in the future. Please consider making a donation towards our Emergency Christmas Appeal or visit our website to see how you can become our corporate supporter.