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Merchant Navy Day Appeal 2023
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Join us in commemorating the brave men and women who have kept the UK afloat during times of war and recognising the vital role of modern-day merchant seafarers. The Seafarers' Charity proudly presents the annual Fly the Red Ensign campaign, dedicated to celebrating our dependence on these remarkable individuals, responsible for shipping over 95% of the UK's trade. Mark your calendars for Merchant Navy Day on Sunday , 3rd September , as we celebrate the faces behind the red ensign — the dedicated men and women who serve or have served as merchant seafarers. Their bravery has kept supply lines open during World Wars, and they continue to serve as key workers, ensuring the delivery of essential goods, including food and medicines, to the UK. Merchant Navy Day is an occasion for recognition and respect. As an island nation, seafarers have played a crucial role in times of conflict, safeguarding our shores and defending our citizens. Their sacrifices have often gone unnoticed, but in 1928, HM King George V bestowed upon the Merchant Navy the same respect as the armed forces, appointing a member of the Royal Family as its Head. In more recent times, the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the invaluable contribution of the Merchant Navy. Recognised as key workers by the government, seafarers played a critical role in maintaining the supply chain during the crisis, facing unprecedented challenges. Today, approximately 80,000 men and women work at sea, ensuring the smooth flow of over 90% of our imports. Without their dedication, our shelves would be empty, and our communities would suffer. Despite the royal recognition they have received, seafarers often go unnoticed and lack the support they truly deserve. On Sunday, 3rd September, let's unite to recognise the important role played by merchant seafarers and express our gratitude. Together, we can shine a light on the faces behind the Red Ensign, symbolising their commitment and sacrifice. Help us raise vital funds The economic challenges of the past year have pushed many seafaring families into hardship, making this year's Merchant Navy Day more significant than ever. Your support is crucial in helping us continue our mission of providing essential assistance to our merchant seafarers. All funds raised through this appeal will go towards the Merchant Navy Fund , a dedicated Fund to support UK merchant seafarers, administered by The Seafarers' Charity and supported by the Merchant Navy Welfare Board . Together, we can make a difference and ensure that our deserving merchant seafarers receive the support they need.
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