Seafarers UK’s 100th Annual Meeting at Mansion House
Seafarers UK’s 100th Annual Meeting took place at Mansion House on 23 May, chaired by The Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor of the City of London. The event was attended by over 170 supporters, representatives of beneficiary and partner organisations and esteemed guests from the City and maritime community.
The Lord Mayor of the City of London opened proceedings with a short address in which he thanked Seafarers UK for continuing with its original purpose first established in 1917, that of providing support for mariners in sickness and distress. He also highlighted Seafarers UK’s three Centenary projects, including Seafarers UK’s largest ever grant of £1.2m towards the building of a new accommodation and care wing for veterans at Mariners Park, and the Maritime Engineering Pathway project to inspire and educate future seafarers.
Seafarers UK Director General Commodore Barry Bryant thanked everyone for their continued support of the charity and highlighted the vital research being carried out by the Maritime Charities Group (MCG), chaired by Seafarers UK, looking into the future needs of the UK seafaring community. He added that the findings “will help to ensure the charity continues to be agile, innovative and responsive in our support to the maritime community”. The MCG research findings will be presented at the Supporting Seafarers conference on 16-17 October 2017.
Capt. Duncan Glass OBE MNM gave guests a wonderful historical perspective of the charity’s development and achievements before three special President’s Awards were then handed out by the Lord Mayor. One to Mr Stewart Bankier of Schulte Group in recognition of the firm’s amazing fundraising efforts over the last 3 years, another to Neil Denholm of J&J Denholm for the company’s sterling support of the charity over many years, and lastly an award to Mrs Daphne Murray, a long-term volunteer on the Seafarers UK Isle of Man Committee.
As the meeting ended and the networking began, a special Centenary cake – voluntarily and generously designed and baked by The Grove Hotel’s Pastry Chefs, Reece Collier and Lauren Roberts (of TV’s Crème de la Crème fame) – was ceremoniously cut with a Royal Naval sword by Seafarers UK Chairman Vice Admiral Peter Wilkinson and The Lord Mayor, with slices then duly given out to attendees. A sweet end to a special day.