The 24/7 Challenge

August 01, 2020 - October 31, 2020

What is The 24/7 Challenge?

Run, dance, bake, climb, knit, jog, sing, row, walk, paint, cycle, quiz, swim or do something else to raise much needed funds for seafarers at times of crisis.

You can choose to do anything relating to the numbers 2,4 or 7 (in any order) from running 24 miles over 7 days, to keeping silent for 24 hours, to baking 24 cakes in 7 days or dancing for 7 minutes a day for 24 days – the list is endless!

Why we need your help

Life at sea means that seafarers spend 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at sea and often for many, many months, disconnected from family and friends, and often missing out on key milestones in their loved ones’ lives. Under normal circumstances, about 100,000 seafarers leave their ships and are replaced by fellow seafarers every month, but with current restrictions on travel and crew changes in place following the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of seafarers are stuck working on vessels across the globe and are unable to be relieved of their duties.

Many seafarers remain stranded thousands of miles away from home, separated from their families for even longer and they feel increasingly stressed, tired, isolated and worried about their families back home. These are the men and women responsible for transporting 90% of the world’s trade, from the food we eat to the clothes we wear.

‘It’s tense. All of us want to go home. Some of us here have already been onboard for 13 months. Some will have been on the ship for 14 months soon. To all seafarers out there, let’s be strong. This pandemic will end, then we can go home.’

– Rafael, a 33 year-old seafarer from the Philippines (Credit: International Maritime Organisation)

It has therefore never been more important for our seafarers to have somewhere to turn to for support. Join us in The 24/7 Challenge 2020 to show seafarers around the world that they are not alone in these unprecedented times. Your help will enable us to continue to support our charity partners throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and to make sure help is available to those seafarers affected most at this time of crisis.

How to get involved

  • Choose your challenge
  • Sign up here for FREE, either on your own or as a team, then follow the instructions on how to set up your fundraising page, if you choose to have one
  • Share your chosen challenge with colleagues, family or friends and invite them to get involved too!

Our support to you

Once you sign up, our fundraising team will be in touch to provide you with top tips for kickstarting your fundraising and ongoing support throughout your challenge.

If you reach the fundraising target of £100 and share a photo of your challenge in action, you will receive a Seafarers UK medal to wear with pride!

If you would like to hear more about the challenge, or want to get involved but aren’t sure where to start, please contact Charlotte Ward at

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