In representing the ‘past’, the charity is supporting a major accommodation and care capital project (see details below). It also aims to raise increased funds in support of its welfare work for older and ex-seafarers.
Supporting older and ex-seafarers
Seafarers UK gives grants to organisations and projects that provide specialist services to older and ex-seafarers from the Merchant Navy, Royal Navy and Fishing Fleets in such areas as accommodation and supported housing, health and care services, welfare support, and poverty grants.
There are approximately 630,000 former seafarers in the UK, be they veterans, or retired, those who have been forced to leave their profession early, as well as hundreds of thousands more dependants including those left behind by tragedy.
Care and accommodation for ex-seafarers – a Centenary project
In support of elderly or retired ex-seafarers and veterans from the Merchant Navy or Royal Navy, a new wing of an accommodation and care complex is being built at Mariners’ Park in Wallasey, Liverpool.Read case study
Rehabilitation support for David
David, who had served as a Medical Services Officer in the Royal Navy Reserve for 17 years, was particularly keen to come to Queen Alexandra Hospital Home (QAHH) in Sussex after having a stroke because he would be able to spend time with other ex-forces residents.
The rehabilitation he received at QAHH, comprising physiotherapy, occupational therapy and social and recreational activities, allowed him to return home to his family. He now returns to QAHH three times a year. Seafarers UK made a grant of £5,000 to QAHH towards their rehabilitation work with those living with physical and neurological conditions.
2017 is a very special year for Seafarers UK, so why not make it the year you do something special too and help us to support people like David with a donation to our ‘Older and Ex-Seafarers Centenary Appeal’.