Supporting the well-being and welfare of active and retired seafarers.

Every year we award more than £2m in grants to support many maritime and welfare charities. But the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic brought exceptional hardship for many seafaring families.

We stepped up to the plate, awarding a total of £3,568,373 in grant funding in 2020 to support the wellbeing and welfare of active and retired seafarers during a difficult year, with 78% of grants awarded supporting both UK and visiting international seafarers, and 22% directly supporting international work.

In 2021, we awarded £2.9 million to 56 organisations and, working in collaboration with other leading maritime welfare charities and shipping industry players, launched Seafarers International Relief Fund (SIRF) to respond to the increasing and desperate needs of seafarers and their families resulting from the pandemic. SIRF has since raised US$1,192,170, all of which goes towards supporting seafarers and their families from the threat of COVID-19.

In 2021, your donations helped us to:

  • Award 74 grants
  • Support 56 organisations
  • Award over £2.9m in total funding
  • Raise an additional US$1,192,170 in SIRF funding to support seafarers affected by COVID-19 across India

A total of £6m in grant funding was injected into the maritime community to support the wellbeing and welfare of active and retired seafarers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The impact of your support

A lifeline to seafarers stranded onboard

An emergency grant of £29,500 was awarded to the Queen Victoria Seamen’s Rest to support its Seafarers’ Centre in Tilbury, providing essential frontline support to seafarers arriving at this busy port.

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A cruise ship head waiter repatriated home following a protracted stranding in London

Izad’s story hallmarks the enormous difficulties that coronavirus has brought to seafarers throughout the world.

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Fisherman born, fisherman bred

The new modern mini Centre in Troon, developed with the assistance of The Seafarers’ Charity and Merchant Navy Welfare Board funding, provides key resources to local fishermen and migrant workers based on fishing boats utilising the harbour.

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