The Seafarers' Charity (formerly Seafarers UK) 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.

Our Strategy

Our new strategy, 'Thrive', is a solution-focused approach. We’ve defined five strategic outcomes to achieve more for seafarers.

We’ll continue to support seafarers through traditional methods as well as getting to the root cause. We want our seafarers to be able to lead dignified and independent lives.

The Seafarers International Relief Fund (SIRF) was launched on 5 May 2021 by leading maritime welfare charities and shipping industry players when the catastrophic scale of the latest wave of the pandemic in India became clear. To-date SIRF has raised more than US$1 million, all of which goes towards supporting increasing and desperate needs of seafarers and their families resulting from the pandemic.

Our Impact

In 2020, your donations helped us to:

  • Support more than 50 organisations
  • Award over 80 grants
  • Release £2m in funding to support seafarers affected by COVID-19
  • Award over £3.5m in total funding

Our research provides an evidence base which informs our grant funding of the UK’s fishing fleet. Merchant Navy funding is informed by Maritime Charities Group regular and sector-wide research.

Fly the Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day Appeal

Never has there been a more crucial time to stand up for the brave men and women of our Merchant Navy.

Support our Merchant Navy seafarers

Grant Funding

Funding is available for charities working to improve the outcomes for seafarers and fishers in the following areas:

  • Enhanced financial resilience
  • Better working lives at sea
  • Improved health and wellbeing
  • Raised safety standards and practices
  • Increased social justice

This webinar sets out our grant funding strategy and approach to funding long-term outcomes for seafarers.

We do not support individuals. If you are a seafarer in need of support, please contact SAIL on FREEPHONE 0800 160 1842 or email advice@sailine.org.uk for advice on debt, housing, benefits, pensions, employment and relationships issues in the UK. For free multilingual support, please contact SeafarerHelp on +44 20 7323 2737 or email help@seafarerhelp.org

Upcoming Events

Join #TeamSeafarersKGFS and take part in one of our events in support of seafarers and their families. Can’t find the event you are looking for? Please email events@theseafarerscharity.org

Santa in the City

December 01, 2021 - December 02, 2021

Take on this truly iconic route with your friends and family and start feeling festive. You can either run, jog or walk - no previous experience is needed for a 5k run like this.

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Bath Half Marathon

March 13, 2022

The Bath Half Marathon is a “big city” race, starting and finishing on Great Pulteney Street - a beautiful Georgian boulevard in the heart of Bath.

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Santa in the City

December 01, 2021

Take on this truly iconic route with your friends and family and start feeling festive. You can either run, jog or walk - no previous experience is needed for a 5k run like this.

More details

Bath Half Marathon

March 13, 2022

The Bath Half Marathon is a “big city” race, starting and finishing on Great Pulteney Street - a beautiful Georgian boulevard in the heart of Bath.

More details

Merchant Navy Fund

The Merchant Navy Fund is a much-needed collaborative initiative set up in 2012 to exclusively support Merchant Navy seafarers.

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