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August 2019

Dear Supporter,

On Merchant Navy Day, Tuesday 3rd September, the UK Merchant Navy’s official flag, the Red Ensign, will be flown at more than 900 locations ashore. Read about this nationwide campaign and learn more about the Fund on our website or below.

In this newsletter, you will also find details on our upcoming ‘Impact of Technology on Crew Welfare’ conference, the Annual National Service for Seafarers, how our grant funding has been supporting fishermen in Troon, and which Seafarers UK-funded project has been shortlisted by Maritime UK for an inaugural STEM Award!

Best wishes,

Laura Gineitaite, Editor

Fly the Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day

On Merchant Navy Day, Tuesday 3rd September, the UK Merchant Navy’s official flag, the Red Ensign, will be flown at more than 900 locations ashore, thanks to a nationwide campaign by Seafarers UK.

As an island nation the UK is dependent on seafarers for the safe shipment of 95% of our imports, including nearly half of the food we eat. To assist British seafarers and their families when they fall on hard times, Merchant Navy Fund grants administered by Seafarers UK are available to eligible charities and other service delivery organisations. For information please email, phone 020 7932 5969 or visit our website.

Programme funded by Seafarers UK shortlisted for an inaugural STEM Award

The Marine Engineering Pathway programme funded by Seafarers UK and delivered by Sea Cadets has been shortlisted for an inaugural STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Award from the industry umbrella body, Maritime UK! Learn more about the Awards, the finalists, the event and how to buy a ticket to attend.

The impact of technology on crew wellbeing conference, 11 September

On 11 September benefiting charities at this year's London International Shipping Week (Seafarers UK, Stella Marris, Mission to Seafarers and Sailors’ Society) are hosting a half-day conference looking into the impact of technology on crew welfare and mental wellbeing.

Watch our animation to learn more about our work and register now to attend the conference.

Annual National Service for Seafarers, 9 October

The Annual National Service for Seafarers is an opportunity to commemorate and celebrate all seafarers from across the maritime profession, alongside representatives of all sectors of the seafaring community. Find out more about the event and register for your free tickets.

Fishermen's Centre provides invaluable support

"It can be scary. It can bring everything into reality - you're not invincible. But there are still men willing to go into the job and take that risk." Fisherman James shares his story, the dangers him and his crew face every day and the importance of the local Fishermen’s Centre, funded by Seafarers UK. Read now and please help us support more fishermen.

Cycling challenge to support the maritime community

Thank you to our team of riders who took on the fantastic Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 earlier this month!

We would like to thank Derek Cardno from the Scottish Fishing Federation, and Nigel Blazeby from Waterdance, who both have greatly exceeded their fundraising targets to support those within the maritime community!

Would you like to support us through a challenging activity? Register now to take part in Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 next summer or take a look at our other upcoming events.

The trio of London's challenges in aid of Seafarers UK

Good luck to our swimmers taking on London's Swim Serpentine challenge next month! This is the first time we are participating at the event and we are grateful to the swimmers for raising awareness of our charity amongst a new audience, and their commitment to training and fundraising. 

Three cadets from London URNU will be completing their London Classics challenge after taking part in the London Marathon and the RideLondon-Surrey 100 events this year. Good luck #TeamSeafarersUK! See how you can get involved