The Seafarers' Charity makes a life-changing impact in troubled times. Our donations and 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 2023, The Seafarers' Charity donations helped us to:

award 67 grants, totalling £2.4m to 50 organisations. More than just money, your donations 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 to The Seafarers’ Charity 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.

TCS London Marathon 2024

April 21, 2024

On Sunday 21 April, 29 runners will take to the streets of London in the TCS London Marathon in aid of The Seafarers' Charity. Visit this page to support their fundraising efforts and learn how to take part in next year's edition.

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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

The Seafarers' Charity's ongoing support for seafaring Veterans

April 11, 2024

Seafaring Veterans are indispensable to global conflicts. Last year, we commemorated the 80th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic, a vital campaign that spanned the entirety of World War II and saw the loss of countless lives. This year, we shift our focus to D-Day on the 6th of June, a date synonymous with bravery, sacrifice, and the Allied effort to liberate Western Europe from the grip of Nazi tyranny.

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Changing Tack On Yacht Crew Welfare

April 09, 2024

The Seafarers’ Charity is committed to raising awareness and enhancing the provision of welfare support for superyacht crew. The Seafarers’ Charity has awarded funding for a partnership welfare project between The Mission to Seafarers and UK Sailing Academy (UKSA) to establish a Welfare Hub for superyacht crew in Antibes, France.

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Promoting Women’s Safety at Sea

March 08, 2024

Celebrating this year’s International Women’s Day, the Nautical Institute in collaboration with The Seafarers’ Charity, invites you to join our FREE webinar on 9 April 2024 at 9:30 am UK time.

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Celebrating International Women's Day with The Seafarers' Charity

March 08, 2024

At The Seafarers' Charity, we are dedicated to supporting all individuals in the maritime industry, regardless of gender. In honour of International Women's Day, we reaffirm our commitment to ensuring the welfare and support needs of women who work at sea are acknowledged and addressed, recognising their vital contributions to the field.

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Seapost - February 2024

February 21, 2024

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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Changing Tack on yacht crew welfare.

February 14, 2024

If you work in the superyacht industry and want to be part of a change we can all be proud of, this is the webinar for you! If you work in the superyacht industry and want to be part of a change we can all be proud of, this is the webinar for you! Register Now for our webinar to find out about initiatives to improve the welfare of yacht crew on 20th March 9am to 10.30am.

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