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.

In 2021, your donations helped us to:

award 74 grants, totalling £2.9m to 56 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 four 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

Upcoming fundraising events

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

Our latest news

Seapost - July 2022

July 04, 2022

In this edition, we’re delighted to announce our new CEO, Deborah Layde, as well as the appointment of five new trustees, and would also like to share Summer 2022 edition of our Seaview magazine with you and remind you to save the date for the upcoming Merchant Navy Day on 3 September.

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The Seafarers’ Charity Seeks Marvels at Muster

June 30, 2022

The Seafarers’ Charity, a significant funder of maritime safety and welfare initiatives, is celebrating Maritime Safety Week (4-8 July) with the launch of a new safety drill competition and is calling on everyone who works at sea to get involved by practising and improving their crew muster drill.

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The Seafarers’ Charity welcomes talented new trustees

June 28, 2022

The Seafarers’ Charity is delighted to welcome five new trustees to the charity following the retirement of three trustees who stepped down at the end of their tenure at the charity’s Annual Meeting; two further trustees will retire at 2023’s Annual Meeting.

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Maritime Welfare Charities pull together to support ex P&O Ferries staff

June 27, 2022

Maritime welfare charities are pulling together to publicise the support available to seafarers who have been made redundant, including ex P&O Ferries staff.

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Deborah Layde to lead The Seafarers’ Charity

June 14, 2022

The Chair and Trustees of the General Council of The Seafarers’ Charity are pleased to announce the appointment of Deborah Layde as Chief Executive.

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In Their Own Words: Fishing Industry Voices Highlight Impacts of Brexit in New Report from the APPG on Fisheries

June 13, 2022

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Fisheries has released a report showcasing voices from across the UK fishing industry speaking on the impact of Brexit on their livelihoods – and the actions these people believe government should take to support the UK’s fishing industry.

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