Seafarers UK backs The Mission to Seafarers Flying Angel Campaign

November 1, 2020

Seafarers UK has long supported the important work of The Mission to Seafarers aiding seafarers and their families around the world. The Mission launched its flagship Flying Angel Campaign as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and Seafarers UK did not hesitate to award a grant to this cause as it brings much-needed aid to the heroes of the sea.


The funds raised by the Flying Angel Campaign have exceeded the Mission’s £600,000 target, some of the money raised is already being spent adapting its service delivery channels to meet the welfare needs of seafarers in a COVID-19 secure way.


The ICS estimates between 300,000 – 400,000 seafarers currently remain trapped on vessels unable to complete their contracts, and unable to contact loved ones. Travel restrictions, and quarantine constraints are preventing many seafarers from returning home to their loved ones. 


Seafarers UK was proud to help the Mission surpass its fundraising target, and the impact already being delivered from the use of these funds is bringing significant benefits to the entire industry.


The Mission to Seafarers has been assessing the needs of seafarers through the Seafarers Happiness Index, the use of its digital support system ‘Chat to a Chaplain’, and various social media channels. 


Catherine Spencer, Chief Executive for Seafarers UK, said: ‘Seafarers UK has proudly supported the international work of The Mission to Seafarers for many years and we’re pleased to continue this support. The Mission continually innovates and responds to the needs of international seafarers struggling amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Our grant funding of £114,000 encompasses a wide range of Mission to Seafarers support for seafarers – from the new digital chaplaincy service to providing food to seafaring families in India and creating COVID-19 secure seafarer centres for future use.


Seafarers are at the heart of everything the Mission does, and they listen to those they support, using that knowledge to deliver meaningful support. Seafarers UK trusts our delivery partners with grants for core costs, learning from their expertise and judgement to jointly develop services which meet the needs of seafarers.’


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