Working at sea can be very demanding and dangerous and Seafarers UK helps people and organisations in the maritime community by providing vital funding to support seafarers in need. The Trust awarded a grant of £1000 to help support serving and ex-serving north east seafarers and their families who are experiencing some form of hardship. The charity receives no government funding and relies on donations to be able to carry on providing long-term aid and a small grant can make a real difference to people’s lives.
The North East has its fair share of thriving Sea Cadets Units which gives children and teenagers the opportunity to learn maritime skills and participate in exciting activities. Run by a team of dedicated volunteers, these Units provide a wide range of on-shore and offshore activities including sailing and power-boating. Many of the cadets achieve nationally recognized qualifications which helps their future employment prospects.
The Trust gives an annual donation of £3,000 to all the Sea Cadet Units based within our area of benefit and their training station based in Derwenthaugh. The Chairman of the Hartlepool Sea Cadets said ‘words are not enough to express our gratitude to the Trust, we couldn’t achieve as much without your annual support’.