Our impact

Thanks to our supporters, since the establishment of the Merchant Navy Fund in 2012, we raised £720,000 in donations and awarded over £700,000 to date to support UK serving or retired MN seafarers in need and their families.

In 2023, we have awarded the following grants to date:

  • £15,000 to Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariner's Royal Benevolent Society for the provision of a top-up fund to support emergency grants to merchant seafarers and their dependents in real poverty but who do not fit within the charity's eligibility criteria of 10 years of service at sea.

In 2022, the Fund awarded a total of £69,020 to five organisations:

  • £27,000 to Age UK to continue to provide and sustain Seafarers Group Telephone Friendship calls which reduce loneliness and isolation, improve wellbeing, and provide older seafarers with the opportunity to link up with others from their communities.
  • £25,000 to Sailors' Children's Society to support children and young people from Merchant Navy families on low incomes to help with essentials such as school uniforms, winter clothes, educational equipment and more.
  • £13,200 to Age UK Wirral to support the wellbeing of residents at Mariners Park, Wallasey through assisting older resident seafarers to utilise IT to maintain connections with family and friends.
  • £2,220 to South Atlantic Medal Association 1982 to partially fund a weekend commemorating the 40-year anniversary of the Falklands conflict in June 2022.
  • £1,600 to Not Forgotten Association to provide entertainment and recreational events and activities for the seafaring community to combat isolation and loneliness among veterans by bringing them together to provide peer support.

'Over a decade, the Fund has raised nearly three quarters of a million pounds which has been used in a variety of ways to boost the health and wellbeing of both serving and retired seafarers' ~ Stuart Rivers, Chief Executive of the MNWB

'Sometimes I just feel like having a chat and there’s no one I can phone. Now I’ve got The Silver Line, I’ve got a whole lot of new friends and have had some lovely conversations.'

Vera, The Silver Line member, thanks to the funding from the Merchant Navy Fund

‘Without the support from Merchant Navy Fund, we wouldn’t be celebrating Simon’s 50th birthday today.’

Ruth’s brother, Simon, was a Merchant Navy seafarer. When things went wrong, Merchant Navy Fund provided essential funding to help him get back on his feet.

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Ways to donate

We receive no government funding, so your support is vital to the Merchant Navy seafarers and their families at times of need.

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How we can help you

The Merchant Navy Fund does not give grants to individuals, but we work with organisations who may be able to help you.

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