Support struggling seafarers this winter. This winter season, we are asking you to join us in honouring our brave seafarers, many of whom were away from their loved ones during Christmas, whilst serving our needs at sea. For some seafaring families, financial concerns may overshadow the joy of the season. For others, the challenges of ageing alone after a lifetime of service at sea may make the holidays particularly difficult, whilst coping with long-term illness and injury may be a burden for others. Worryingly, this year has seen a steep rise in the number of seafaring families falling into food poverty, fuel debt and even facing homelessness. From April to June 2023, our delivery partner, SAIL, saw a large increase in demand for their services, helping to support clients with: 630 welfare benefits and Universal Credit issues 292 debt issues 126 housing issues Make a donation today to ensure our seafarers receive the assistance they need to minimise their hardship. Any contributions you provide will assist families, like Vicky, Chris and their young daughter, Chloe*. Vicky, who manages her own chronic physical disabilities, also cares for her ex-Royal Navy husband, who sadly developed dementia in his early 50s and could no longer work. With prices rising, Vicky was completely overwhelmed both financially and emotionally, with her future seeming hopeless. Now, thanks to our loyal supporters, this deserving family will receive ongoing support in the form of monthly grants for groceries, school uniform, warm clothes and shoes to help them through the cost-of-living crisis. “This support makes all the difference. I really don’t know what I would do without it”. The cost-of-living crisis has continued to hit seafaring families across the country this year. More and more people have been dragged into hardship by rising inflation and interest rates, with many vulnerable seafarers now experiencing in-work poverty. Fortunately, thanks to donations that we received, we have continued to fund an emergency programme to support current and retired seafarers and their families. This support includes funding the SAIL telephone advice line, which provides immediate debt management advice, as well as case workers who advise families in crisis. Through our charity partners, we are also providing grants for families and individuals who are struggling to make ends meet. Your kindness and generosity this winter will make vital services like this possible – directly supporting seafaring families in urgent need. In addition to critical support during challenging times, the programmes we fund provide assistance towards elderly care, mental health support to fight loneliness and depression, financial support following an accident or an illness, as well as respite care and much more. Whatever gift you can make today will be used wherever the need is greatest to support current and retired seafarers and their families in crisis this holiday season... and beyond. *Some names have been changed to protect privacy. Grants made possible by our kind supporters: Thanks to our loyal supporters, we have distributed substantial grants to charities that provide direct assistance to many people who work – or have worked – at sea, and their families. Here are three heartwarming illustrations of the impact that we have made: A £10,000 grant was awarded to the Fishermen’s Mission to fund a restricted North East Hardship Fund used to award hardship grants to commercial fishers in the north east of England. A £18,926 grant was awarded to the Nautilus Welfare Fund to help cover the costs of two Case Worker posts in Hull and the Portsmouth/Southampton area, who will assist retired seafarers and their dependents to access financial, health and social care services. A £50,000 grant was awarded to the Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariner’s Royal Benevolent Society to provide long term bi-annual payments to regular beneficiaries who are retired mariners or those unable to work and living on low incomes.