The Seafarers' Charity makes a life-changing impact in troubled times. Our grants to organisations support those who work – or have worked – at sea, and their families.

Proactive and forward-looking, we also seek ways to prevent issues becoming problems. Through funding, collaboration, research and advocacy, we tackle the root causes of seafarer hardship and disadvantage in the UK and around the world.

The Seafarers' Charity's Corporate Film

At The Seafarers’ Charity, our vision is to create a world where seafarers and their families are valued and free of need and disadvantage.

For over a hundred years, we have been on an epic voyage using grant funding to support seafarers who risk their lives to supply our nation, taking care of their families during long periods at sea and looking out for seafarers wherever they may be in the UK or the furthest reaches of the Commonwealth.

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In 2022, your donations helped us to:

award 72 grants, totalling £3.1m to 61 organisations. More than just money, these funds will transform the lives of thousands of seafarers at home and abroad.

The impact of your support

Our strategy

Our new strategy, 'Thrive', is a solution-focused approach. We’re seeking out ways to tackle the core, systemic issues so seafarers can live dignified lives.

Grant funding

The Seafarers' Charity operates three main grant programmes to provide specialist funding to seafarers in need and their families.

Our influence

We use grant funding, research, advocacy and collaboration to achieve better outcomes for seafarers in respect of their financial resilience, health and well-being, better working lives, safety and social justice. See our current areas of work.

Donate Today

Our seafarers are our lifeline. Please donate today and make a life-changing difference to seafarers in need and their families.

Other ways to get involved

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Upcoming fundraising events

Take part in an event or fundraise to help support seafarers and their families at a time of crisis.

TCS London Marathon 2024

April 21, 2024

The Seafarers’ Charity has a limited number of charity places in the TCS London Marathon 2024 and we would love for you to join #TeamSeafarersKGFS and raise funds to help seafarers and their families in need.

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24 Peaks Challenge 2024

July 06, 2024 - July 07, 2024

Attempt to summit 24 peaks trekking on some of the most iconic mountains in the Lake District. It's one of the most demanding mountain walking challenges in the UK – which makes completing it all the more rewarding!

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Our latest news

New Director Temi Binitie Joins The Seafarers’ Charity 

October 02, 2023

The Seafarers’ Charity is delighted to welcome Temi Binitie who joins our charity this week as our new Business Development Director.

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Seapost - August 2023

August 31, 2023

Read the latest newsletter from our Charity and sign up to the mailing list to receive your copy straight into your inbox.

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Charity’s annual ‘Fly The Red Ensign’ campaign celebrates the faces behind the Merchant Navy flag

August 15, 2023

The Seafarers’ Charity is once again calling on organisations and communities across the UK to pay tribute to the people behind the Merchant Navy Flag by flying the Red Ensign on Merchant Navy Day, Sunday 3rd September. This is a longstanding and continuing campaign to highlight the Merchant Navy and its significance in our history, and our future.

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The Seafarers' Charity Announces Maritime Safety Week Competition Winners for 2023

August 09, 2023

The Safety Drill competition from The Seafarers’ Charity encouraged crews from fishing vessels to cargo ships and passenger ferries to practice and improve their muster safety drill. Many of the crews found that through practice they were able to improve their drill time, which in a real emergency at sea, could help save lives.

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The Annual National Service for Seafarers is set to return to St Paul's Cathedral on 11 October 2023.

August 04, 2023

The Annual National Service for Seafarers (ANSS) organised by The Seafarers’ Charity and Trinity House will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral on Wednesday 11th October 2023 at 17:00.

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New Seafarers’ Charter welcome, but misses opportunity to mandate safe work patterns

July 24, 2023

The Seafarers’ Charity, the largest independent grant funder of maritime welfare services, has welcomed Government’s announcement of a new Seafarers’ Charter but wants more to be done to address work patterns that cause fatigue and reduce safety at sea.

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