Since being formed in 1917 as King George’s Fund for Sailors, Seafarers UK remains the leading grant-making charity that helps people in the maritime community, by providing vital funding to support seafarers in need and their families. The charity supports organisations and projects that make a real difference to people’s lives across the Merchant Navy, Fishing Fleets, Royal Navy and Royal Marines. Grants of £2.5 million per annum are awarded to 100+ maritime welfare charities.

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  • Since being formed in 1917 as King George’s Fund for Sailors, Seafarers UK remains the leading grant-making charity that helps people in the maritime community, by providing vital funding to support seafarers in need and their families. The charity supports organisations and projects that make a real difference to people’s lives across the Merchant Navy, Fishing Fleets, Royal Navy and Royal Marines. Grants of £2.5 million per annum are awarded to 100+ maritime welfare charities. As an ‘island nation’ the UK depends on its seafarers to defend its shores, trade with other countries and import essential fuel and food. The job of a seafarer is therefore vital, but also demanding and hazardous with a much greater chance of injury than many other professions. A large number of those serving will be facing problems of very different kinds; long periods of separation from friends and family, extended periods of duty, fatigue, and working heavy machinery whilst being exposed to harsh weather. Such dangers and difficulties can lead to disability, depression, debt, relationship breakdown, homelessness or even death. Seafarers UK’s funding enables seafarers to access advice and information, adapt to life on shore, re-train and find new employment. It also improves their quality of life by helping to provide the essentials of daily living that a small pension (or none) cannot cover. Often it may be the family of a seafarer who has been injured, held hostage or who has subsequently died that require assistance. Because Seafarers UK works closely with all of the organisations that support seafarers and their dependants, the charity can target donations where they will make the biggest difference. Seafarers UK receives no government funding and relies on donations and fundraising to be able to carry on providing long-term aid. Without this, there simply wouldn’t be the level of support it is able to provide today and that each year gives hope and help to over 170,000 seafarers and their families when they need it most. (en)
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  • Since being formed in 1917 as King George’s Fund for Sailors, Seafarers UK remains the leading grant-making charity that helps people in the maritime community, by providing vital funding to support seafarers in need and their families. The charity supports organisations and projects that make a real difference to people’s lives across the Merchant Navy, Fishing Fleets, Royal Navy and Royal Marines. Grants of £2.5 million per annum are awarded to 100+ maritime welfare charities. (en)
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