A gift in your Will as small as 1% can help ensure seafarers and their families will never lack the support they need in times of hardship.

Around the world, an estimated 1.6 million seafarers, of which 23,000 are active UK seafarers, are exposed to the hazards of a life at sea. Gruelling physical labour, antisocial hours, no guarantee of a stable income, and months of isolation.

Seafarers have been left behind. We think that’s unacceptable.

2020 was a year unlike any other – COVID-19, lockdowns and leaving the EU hurt seafarers in need in the UK and beyond. Many seafarers’ basic human needs such as privacy, freedom of movement, and family contact, were suspended.

We reacted quickly to meet those needs. Last year, we awarded more than £3.5m in funding to more than 50 organisations to support seafarers through the coronavirus crisis. This was all thanks to the incredible generosity of our donors and the hard work of the maritime welfare organisations we fund.

After providing for your family and friends, a gift in your Will can help hardworking seafarers and their families live dignified lives free of hardship long into the future.

An easy Will writing service

The Seafarers’ Charity has partnered with Bequeathed to enable our donors to write a Will for free.

Everyone who makes their Will with Bequeathed receives up to 30 minutes of free legal advice from an accredited firm. This can be by phone or video call, at-home, or in-office.

To find out more about making your Will online, visit our Bequeathed homepage.

There’s no obligation to leave a gift to The Seafarers’ Charity in your Will to use this free service, but we’d be very grateful if you did.

Get started writing your Will

How can I leave a legacy to The Seafarers' Charity?

It is not expensive to make a Will, nor is it too complicated or time consuming, but it is important that it is executed properly. A ‘home made’ Will may be sufficient in a simple case, but it is best to go to a solicitor and get reliable professional advice to suit your own circumstances.

When you are drawing up your Will, we would of course recommend that you make adequate provision for your family, before considering making a charitable gift. Your solicitor will also be able to advise you about this.

Your legacy should be left to The Seafarers' Charity of 8 Hatherley Street, London SW1P 2QT.

Where could I find a solicitor to write my Will?

We recommend that a Will is written by a qualified professional. You can also write your will online yourself with our partners Bequeathed. Just follow the easy steps and then receives up to 30 minutes of free legal advice from an accredited firm.

Do I have enough money to leave a gift in my Will for The Seafarers' Charity?

It is a common myth that you have to be wealthy to leave a gift in your Will, but nothing could be further from the truth. Every gift, no matter how big or small, goes towards supporting seafarers in need and their families and every gift is important to us and the work that we do.

I already have a Will. How can I make a change to include The Seafarers' Charity?

If you have already drawn up your Will, you can use a document called a Codicil to make alterations, including adding new beneficiaries to your Will. Your Codicil must be signed by you and two witnesses.

Codicils are generally used for straightforward changes. If a complicated change is involved, it is usually advisable to make a new Will. If you have any questions about adding a Codicil to your Will, you should seek advice from your solicitor.

Should I let The Seafarers' Charity know I’ve left a gift in my Will?

We understand that writing a Will is a very personal matter. If you feel comfortable speaking about your intentions, we would love to be able to thank you, but if you don’t want to tell us, please know you have our eternal gratitude.

Get in touch

To learn more about how to leave a gift in your Will, contact:

Mail rory.warwick@theseafarerscharity.org

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