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Dear Supporter,

Commodore Barry Bryant CVO RN, Director General of Seafarers UK, is gearing up for a farewell fundraiser ahead of his retirement in July. Read more below and join us in wishing him good luck as he prepares to abseil Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower.

Seafarers UK is delighted to be one of the benefitting charities at this year's London International Shipping Week, 8-13 September, and to co-host a conference exploring seafarers' wellbeing. Click here to learn more about the event and how to register. 

We are also excited to announce that Seafarers UK's grant-giving programme has provided a three-year funding boost for a marine engineering project in schools, delivered in partnership with Sea Cadets. Read more on our website.

Finally, we wish good luck to all the teams participating in this year's 24 Peaks Challenge. We look forward to seeing you next month in the Lake District, when the finale of the event will coincide with the start of Seafarers Awareness Week, 8-14 July. Learn more about this year's campaign that is focused on fishermen and their coastal communities.

Best wishes,
Laura Gineitaite, Editor

Retiring Director General of Seafarers UK faces farewell fundraiser

On Sunday 30 June, Seafarers UK's Director General, Commodore Barry Bryant CVO RN, will be abseiling 100m down the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth. Please join us in wishing him well and supporting his final farewell challenge before he retires next month. Read more and to sponsor Barry visit his fundraising page.

Seafarers Awareness Week, 8-14 July

With Brexit postponed again, no-one knows how possible changes to fish quotas will affect the UK’s commercial fishermen. This is one of the issues to be highlighted during Seafarers Awareness Week, 8-14 July, when Seafarers UK will be coordinating a nationwide PR campaign to draw media and public attention to our dependence as an island nation on our hard-working fishermen and their coastal communities. Learn more.

Three-year funding boost for a marine engineering schools project

Since 2016 Seafarers UK has been working with Sea Cadets to inspire and engage young people across the UK in learning more about STEM through a joint Marine Engineering Pathway schools project.

The project has now been given a three-year funding boost from Seafarers UK and will aim to reach 37,500 school children across the country. Learn more.

Seafarers’ welfare event at London International Shipping Week

Seafarers UK is delighted to be one of the benefiting charities at this year's London International Shipping Week (9-13 September), alongside Apostleship of the Sea, Mission to Seafarers and Sailors’ Society.

On 11 September the benefiting charities will host an exciting half-day conference looking into the impact of technology on crew welfare and mental wellbeing. Learn more and register now to attend.

How your donations made an impact

In 2018, we gave grants to 56 organisations that help seafarers in need and their families and this funding supported almost 173,000 people. Find out more about our impact.

24 Peaks Challenge

Next month teams will take on our tough 24 peaks in 24 hours hiking challenge in support of Seafarers UK. They will need grit and determination to achieve this feat, with each peak over 2,400 feet! Good luck to them all and thank you for your fundraising!

Obstacle events

Would you like to try something a little bit different? Obstacle events are sweeping the nation and we have a number of exciting opportunities to fundraise over the summer. Visit our website to find out more or get in touch by emailing

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