Veterans Appeal

When our nation needed them, they set sail

Seafarers have been absolutely crucial to our country in times of war; keeping vital supply lines open during the Second World War and reaching far-flung areas of the world like the Falklands to help defend our sovereignty.

When called upon, Britain’s seafarers have set sail to protect the nation. Yet their contribution, particularly those who served in the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets during the Second World War, is often overlooked and underestimated. Equally, many younger veterans who took part in more recent conflicts, such as the Falklands, Iraq and Afghanistan, often don’t receive the recognition or support they deserve.

We’re working hard to change that – and the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War is the perfect time to commemorate the contribution made by seafarers in the Second World War and many conflicts since.

We believe that anyone who has served or worked at sea and played their part in a conflict zone, deserves the nation’s respect and gratitude. Most importantly, they and their families should be supported in times of need.

That’s why we’re appealing to you to help mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and help to continue supporting essential lifelines for our veterans.

How your support will help our veterans

John* was on board the SS Canberra when it was requisitioned by the Ministry of Defence to transport troops 8,000 miles to the Falklands. He vividly remembers the terrifying sounds of Argentine jets firing at the ship and he also saw many badly wounded troops.

His experiences left him battling Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and unable to work. It’s been a long, hard road to recovery for John, but his life is back on track thanks to Nautilus Welfare Fund – a charity funded by Seafarers UK that provided John with a Case Worker who’s been supporting him for several years to ensure he gets the support he needs.

*Name and photograph does not represent the individual. Identity of the individual has been kept confidential.

Why we need your help

Seafarers UK is a maritime charity which has been supporting seafarers since 1917. Thanks to people like you, we provide support when it’s needed most – to help with financial difficulties, physical impairments, mental health issues and dignity and care in retirement.

With your help we’ve changed thousands of lives, but 75 years on from the Second World War the need for our help is far from diminishing with time. The number of former Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleet seafarers aged over 85 is set to increase by 275% by 2030 and more veterans will inevitably need our support to live out their days with dignity and independence.

With your support, we can be there for more ex-seafarers like John, give seafaring veterans in need the support they deserve and, together, we can change lives.

‘The number of former Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleet seafarers aged over 85 is set to increase by 275% by 2030.’

£15 will help with care in later life

Your kind gift could help us look after our ageing seafaring veterans with the dignity and respect they deserve.

£30 will help provide respite care

Your gift will help provide much-needed respite breaks for seafaring families taking care of their loved ones.

£50 will provide an hour of counselling

You can help more traumatised veterans get the specialised treatment and support to fight with depression, anxiety and fear.

How to donate

Please note that due to restrictions imposed by COVID-19 on the way our charity operates, it currently takes 2-3 weeks for us to process your postal donations. We therefore encourage you to make donations online or by text.

Any donation, no matter how small, will make a real difference to veterans in need and their families.


Make a donation online today.


To donate £5 text VETERANSAPPEAL 5 to 70450

To donate £10 text VETERANSAPPEAL 10 to 70450

To donate £20 text VETERANSAPPEAL 20 to 70450


Phone 020 7932 0000 quoting VET2020

We understand this might be a financially difficult time for many of our supporters. We are therefore extremely grateful for any donation you can give, no matter how small, and we’re truly grateful for your ongoing support.

During the Falklands conflict, 40 merchant vessels made it to the South Atlantic to help transport forces and support them and the warships 8,000 miles from home.

Help support our veterans

We are appealing to you today to help us continue supporting essential lifelines for our veterans.

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