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 to our maritime charity 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

Please make an online donation or set up a monthly gift to The Seafarers’ Charity to make a life-changing difference to seafarers in need and their families.

Support our #SeaVets Appeal

Commemorate D-DAY 80th anniversary by supporting seafaring veterans past, present and future. Thanks to a generous donor, all donations up to £10,000 will be match-funded.

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.

TSC London Marathon 2025

April 27, 2025

The Seafarers’ Charity has a limited number of charity places in the London Marathon 2025 and we would love for you to join #TeamSeafarersKGFS and raise funds to help seafarers and their families in need.

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Our latest news

Day of The Seafarer 2024 - A Call to Action to Ensure Safety at Sea

June 24, 2024

Organised by the International Maritime Organization, this annual event highlights the indispensable role seafarers play in our daily lives. Yet, despite their significance, their contributions often go unnoticed, both within the maritime industry and among the general public. Seafarers are the backbone of global trade, ensuring the seamless transportation of goods and fuels essential to our daily routines. This year's campaign focuses on safety tips at sea, underlining the imperative for seafarers to grasp their pivotal role in cultivating a safer maritime environment.

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Seapost - June 2024

June 13, 2024

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Maritime charities help ensure better working lives at sea for seafarers and fishers.

June 12, 2024

Hundreds of thousands of seafarers and fishers in the UK and other parts of the world have benefited from practical, pastoral and spiritual support provided by global ship visiting network Stella Maris over the past 10 years, thanks to over £1 million in grant funding provided by The Seafarers’ Charity over that period. The Seafarers’ Charity’s sustained grant funding over the last ten years has enabled Stella Maris to help ensure better and safer working lives at sea for seafarers and fishers.

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His Majesty King Charles III Announced as Patron of The Seafarers’ Charity

May 30, 2024

The Seafarers’ Charity is honoured to announce that His Majesty King Charles III has become our new Patron, succeeding Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This prestigious announcement was made today by our Paul Butterworth, Chair of Trustees, at the charity’s Annual Meeting held at the prestigious Fishmongers’ Hall in London.

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The Seafarers’ Charity announced as designated Charity for the Maritime UK Awards 2024

May 23, 2024

We are delighted to announce The Seafarers’ Charity as the chosen charity for the Maritime UK Awards 2024, which will be held at the Titanic Museum in Belfast on 5 June.

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Seapost - May 2024

May 23, 2024

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