David Hammond, founder of HRAS, is delighted to announce that Seafarers UK has leant its weight to the initiative. Support was kindly gained through Commodore Barry Bryant, CVO, RN, the Director General of Seafarers UK.
ABOUT SEAFARERS UK
We provide grants to specialist maritime charities and organisations, often small local ones, that are working to help serving and ex-serving seafarers and their families who are experiencing hardship. Our key aim is to provide sustainable funding and improve the quality of life for those in greatest need.
In 2013, we awarded 98 grants to 84 organisations across the UK and Commonwealth for a total of £2.5 million. The charities we supported provide services that have a direct and positive impact on the lives and well-being of individuals, their families and their local communities.
Notably, we are the only grant-making charity that assesses the welfare need across the whole of the maritime sector. This enables us to target our funding efficiently and effectively to those in greatest need.
Our supporter base is crucial and ranges from long-term regular donors, corporate partners, volunteer fundraisers, Trusts and Foundations through to challenge event participants and those who give us gift in kinds, one-off donations or who leave us a gift in their Will. All of them are equally amazing and without them we wouldn’t be able to achieve the national impact we do through our grant-making.
Campaigning to raise awareness of the UK’s dependence on seafarers and why they need public support is a charitable activity fully endorsed by our Trustees. Our key objective is not only to raise our own profile and to increase voluntary and fundraising income, but also to raise public awareness of the maritime sector in its entirety and thereby increase understanding of the roles, lives, difficulties and contributions of our seafarers. Only then will more potential donors appreciate why the welfare of seafarers who are in need, and their dependants, is so important.
We do this by leading promotional activities such as Seafarers Awareness Week, and as a stakeholder in the Seavision initiative to make young people aware of the maritime world. Seafarers UK also plays an active role in major events that give publicity to seafarers, including last year’s Battle of the Atlantic 70th Anniversary commemorations.