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Supporting the past, present and future Centenary help for serving seafarers

International Port Welfare Partnership

A Centenary project in support of serving seafarers around the world p6

100 Challenge Take on a simple challenge in 2017 to raise ÂŁ100 p23

Flying the Flag for our Merchant Navy


Centenary fundraising events in 2017


Flagship Contents

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Seafarers UK


Supporting the present


From the bridge


Flagship ISSUE 29 WINTER 2016

100 years in the making International Port Welfare Partnership Commodore Barry Bryant gives an overview of the latest news

Remembering the unsung heroes of the First World War Commemorative concert and video to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland

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Charity focus


Campaigning update


Fundraising news and events  calendar

Our latest grants Supporting serving seafarers and their families


Reaching those in greatest need


How you can help

The latest inspiring case studies showing our funding at work Your chance to support seafarers in need


Flying the Flag for our Merchant Navy

Our latest fundraising news and events


The Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines: Past and Present Fundraising concerts spanning over 25 years have raised thousands of pounds for Seafarers UK

Making a difference A total of £900,408 awarded in grants to 46 organisations in 2016 to date

100 years of support for seafaring families: Sailors’ Children’s Society and Royal Navy & Royal Marines Children’s Fund


Community news


Help our work to live on


In Memoriam


Crossword and Jack Chat

The latest community news from across England, Wales and Scotland Leave a lasting legacy to Seafarers UK

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Seafarers UK 100 years in the making 2017 is Seafarers UK’s Centenary year with a number of events and projects being planned and developed

Charity focus 100 years of support for seafaring families


Centenary News

Centenary News

Seafarers UK 100 years in the making In 1917 a new charity for the maritime community was established. Such was the impact of so many seafarers who had been maimed or lost at sea during the Great War that King George V was prepared to give his name to the charity (King George’s Fund for Sailors). Every year since then Seafarers UK’s work has helped thousands of seafarers and their families in times of desperate need. 2017 is the charity’s Centenary year and with this in mind a number of events and projects are being planned and developed.

Centenary projects

Centenary dinners

Centenary activities

Seafarers UK will mark its 100th year by holding four special Centenary events. The ‘Liverpool Centenary Celebration Dinner’ will take place on 23 February at the Merseyside Maritime Museum. The ‘London Centenary Celebration Dinner’ will take place on 28 March at Guildhall in the City of London. Both events will involve a drinks reception, a splendid dinner, music, special after‑dinner speeches and an auction.

Elsewhere in the magazine you will be able to read about our new ‘100 Challenge’ for 2017. In addition to this, the Greenwich Tall Ships Festival is taking place over Easter weekend (13-16 April) with Seafarers UK as the high profile charity partner for the event, so do come and visit our stand! More details can be found by searching online for ‘Greenwich Tall Ships Festival’.

A third dinner is planned for Glasgow in the autumn, with plans still being developed, and Seafarers UK’s Bristol Committee is holding a Centenary Dinner at the Bristol Mansion House on 12 July. All four ticketed events will help raise funds for Seafarers UK’s work. For more information or a booking form for Liverpool, London or Glasgow, contact the Events Team via 020 7932 0000 or centenary@seafarers-uk. org, highlighting the event you are interested in. For Bristol, please enquire via


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The charity will continue with its well-received Royal Marines Bands concerts during 2017, adding a special Centenary feel to its programme of music. A new concert is also being organised at Cadogan Hall in London on 28 September, involving the Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth and Collingwood. Lastly, a commemorative Seafarers UK Centenary booklet is being produced and will be made available to supporters at key events, as well as on the charity’s website during 2017, along with a new online ‘Centenary Timeline’.

Building work is well under way for the Seafarers UK Centenary Wing at Mariners’ Park in Wallasey, Wirral. The new accommodation block of extra care apartments for retired seafarers is a highly anticipated extension to the Trinity House Hub. The project is being funded in large‑part by a grant from Seafarers UK. It will provide 22 single and double occupancy apartments, as well as a new activities space for residents, a staff room and extra storage facilities. The new wing is expected to be opened in June next year. The International Port Welfare Partnership is a Centenary project focused around ‘The Present’ and is concerned with supporting serving seafarers. A more detailed article about this project can be found on page 6. The Marine Engineering Pathway Project is being delivered in partnership with Sea Cadets. It was launched by the Lord Mayor at the charity’s Annual Meeting in April. The project aims to engage young people in marine engineering through the use of seven specialised mobile ‘Pods’ to deliver taster sessions, workshops and training around the UK to schools and sea cadet units. Seafarers UK is actively fundraising for each of the Pods.


Centenary News

Centenary News

Supporting the present:

International Port Welfare Partnership A Centenary project in support of serving seafarers around the world Seafarers UK has identified three key projects as part of its Centenary, each one representing a strand of its Centenary theme, ‘Supporting the Past, Present and Future’. The International Port Welfare Partnership is a project that is all about supporting serving seafarers, i.e. the present. Its aim is to encourage and assist countries and ports in establishing new welfare boards where there are none, in accordance with Maritime Labour Convention 2006, thus improving seafarers’ access to shore-based facilities when they arrive in port. Welfare boards, also known as Port Welfare Committees, provide a forum for maritime organisations with an interest in seafarers’ welfare, to review and support access to shore-based facilities. Meeting only a few times a year, the boards proactively support the invaluable work of welfare providers who operate services and facilities that improve seafarers’ lives and maximise their limited time ashore. This exciting project, developed by the International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network and managed by the Merchant Navy Welfare Board (MNWB), is a ground‑breaking initiative that is large in scope. In supporting it, Seafarers UK has joined forces with TK Foundation, MNWB and the pilot project’s main funder, ITF Seafarers’ Trust, to work together on the funding requirements.


The project is currently celebrating its progression from a successful pilot into a major, three-year extendable programme. This success owes much to its collaborative approach, involving an industry‑wide Programme Executive Committee drawn from Government, ship owners, unions, port owners and authorities and voluntary organisations. At the start of the pilot, the project set out to establish a minimum of five new welfare boards in different sized ports and countries. With the enthusiastic support of the maritime sector, however, the pilot work resulted in the development of ten new welfare boards in nine different countries, and within the same budget. Over the period of the pilot, 135 ports from 58 countries also expressed an interest in participating. The pilot phase began with two locations in Australia, Queensland’s largest multi-commodity Port of Gladstone, followed by one of Australia’s fastest growing container ports, the Port of Brisbane. Successful Brisbane Port Welfare Board official meeting

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‘The pilot has successfully demonstrated ‘proof of concept’ for the setting up of new welfare boards. The programme is now working on bespoke software to address issues of scalability, standardisation and working in partnership’

Inaugural meeting of the Gladstone Port Welfare Committee in Australia

inaugural meetings of newly formed welfare boards were held in both Ports involving a wide range of representatives from the port areas. A visit to Port Louis in Mauritius provided advice about the establishment of a welfare board, and the port of Barcelona was also supported in becoming a formal welfare board and in strengthening relations within its port community. The project then co-ordinated the inaugural meeting of the Ontario Regional Port Welfare Board covering the ports of Toronto, Oshawa and Hamilton. The Port of Busan in the Republic of Korea, the fifth busiest container port in the world, was next on the list and

Peter Tomlin, International Port Welfare Partnership Programme Director Top: First meeting of the St John’s Port Welfare Board in Antigua and Barbuda Above: Inaugural gathering of Port of Tema’s Port Welfare Board in Ghana

was aided in holding its inaugural welfare board meeting which was attended by 60 delegates from 30 different maritime organisations. With the encouragement of the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, another welfare board was also established in St John’s, a busy port of call for cruise ships. The pilot project included a multidestination visit to West Africa. This resulted in the creation of a welfare board in the busy Port of Tema, Ghana, with its inaugural meeting chaired by the Port Director and addressed by the Deputy Transport Minister. Improving the existing, dilapidated port welfare facilities will be the focus of their future meetings. The partnership project also assisted with the re-establishment of the Port of Cotonou’s welfare board in Benin.

The final port in the pilot was the Port of Rotterdam, Netherlands, the largest port in Europe. Chaired by the Harbour Master, the Rotterdam Welfare Board is now keen to ensure that their huge port meets the welfare needs of the modern-day seafarer. Over the next three years the programme aims to build a global network of welfare boards and port welfare contacts to benefit seafarers and welfare providers alike. The task of shortlisting countries and ports for participation in the first year has started in earnest. This is a large undertaking and will involve detailed project and data management, including the development of an online database of port services and facilities. It will also require funds, which is why Seafarers UK has chosen this as one of its Centenary projects.

The project website ( serves as the primary communication tool for the Port Welfare Partnership project, so do please take a look.


Latest News


The Bridge Commodore Barry Bryant, CVO RN, Director General, Seafarers UK

With a couple of years of planning behind us (and thank goodness we started early!) the Centenary is almost here! 2017 will be a year where our busy and fulfilling work pattern will move into overdrive, with celebratory events across the nation, while we not only commemorate 100 years of service to the UK’s maritime community, but also ensure that we’re in excellent shape for the decades ahead. Our three major Centenary projects to serve past, present and future seafarers have aroused huge interest and some generous support. We’re planning a formal opening of the Seafarers UK Centenary Wing at Mariners Park in Wallasey in the summer, and building work is progressing well. Present-day seafarers around the world are already benefitting from early successes of the International Port Welfare Project (see pages 6-7 for details). After a high-profile launch at the Mansion House in June by the Lord Mayor of the City of London and Seafarers UK trustee Lord Mountevans, the first ‘Pod’ of our Marine Engineering Pathway programme is now on the road, with a further six being rolled out over the next couple of years. These three projects bear witness to our continued commitment to UK and Commonwealth seafarers of all ages, as our founding fathers mandated 100 years ago. Last year, Lord Mountevans also masterminded the national Maritime Growth Study which produced some strong recommendations on how to join up the sometimes disparate strands of our national shipping industry. After contributing to the Study, we


were glad to see that several of the recommendations concerned our favourite subject, seafarers themselves, and we’re now even more delighted to have been invited to join the Board of Maritime UK, the representative body charged with taking this work forward. Following our successful campaigning record of ‘Seafarers Awareness Week’ and ‘Flying the Red Ensign on Merchant Navy Day’, we have now been asked to chair the Working Group to raise awareness of seafaring across the country. We have also been keeping busy with an intensive internal Strategic Review, looking at all aspects of our business – I know it’s a charity, but we need to run it like a business! – to ensure that we’re fully prepared for the ever-changing future welfare scene. We’re not planning to announce or even fully decide upon any changes until all the work has been done, but the watchword will be to ensure that we can use the resources we have to provide an even better service to the most deserving of our beneficiaries for many years to come. This work will dovetail with the intensive research programme being carried out by the Maritime Charities Group, chaired by Seafarers UK, to update that of a decade ago which resulted in the ground-breaking ‘Supporting Seafarers’ conference of 2007. We plan to announce the results from both work strands at a similar conference in the autumn of 2017, enabling us to plot safe and efficient courses well into the future.

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We live in an increasingly regulated world, and this has certainly impacted on the charity sector after the several unfortunate cases of the past twelve months: the collapse of Kids’ Company, the unreasonable pressure applied to elderly or vulnerable donors, and the data-selling tactics used by some unscrupulous organisations, all stemming from a basic failure of governance. Here at Seafarers UK, we have always prided ourselves on the strength and quality of our governance procedures, as confirmed by our PQASSO quality assurance certification, but in keeping with the recommendations from the new Fundraising Regulator, we shall be introducing some new procedures over the coming year. Perhaps the most significant will concern you, as individual supporters and donors, where we hold your information from a variety of sources obtained over time, not least so that we can keep sending you Flagship! However, we acknowledge that people’s circumstances change, so we shall be writing to you all during 2017 asking you to confirm that you do indeed want to keep in touch and support all aspects of our maritime community. Lots going on! But of course we can only do what we do with your ongoing support, and my final duty in this as in every Flagship is to thank you all most sincerely for your interest and generosity. Your seafarers need you, so please stay with us.

Remembering the Unsung Heroes of the First World War

2016 marks the centenary of the Battle of Jutland, the principal naval battle of the First World War. The battle took place on 31 May 1916 in the North Sea near Denmark. The losses were severe. The British lost 14 ships and the Germans lost 11. More than 6,000 British personnel and 2,500 Germans died in the battle, which involved around 250 ships. A concert to commemorate this centenary and the lives of all who died at sea during the First World War was held at Barbican Hall in London on Wednesday 15 June 2016. The concert was performed by the London Concert Choir on behalf of Seafarers UK and was supported by The Royal British Legion. The concert provided an opportunity to recognise the sacrifices and contributions made by all those from the Royal Navy, Merchant Navy, Fishing Fleets, shipbuilding towns and coastal communities which continue to guarantee our maritime nation’s security in peace and war.

A large and enthusiastic audience heard the choir perform Vaughan Williams’ magnificent choral First Symphony. Soloists and choir paid tribute to the seafarers of ‘all seas, all ships and all nations’ – the brave captains and intrepid sailors whom the sea unites in life or death, in the words of the poet Walt Whitman. The event raised more than £12,000 for Seafarers UK. The Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, one of Seafarers UK’s beneficiary charities, has also marked the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland by releasing a commemorative video to highlight the forgotten contribution and losses faced by fishermen and merchant seafarers during the 1914-18 conflict. The video features the Society’s Chief Executive, Commodore Malcolm Williams, discussing the 11,900 sailors and fishermen from 1,286 fishing

vessels and merchant ships who perished in the First World War and whose names are inscribed in bronze on the memorial at Tower Hill. Malcolm Williams commented: ‘The Battle of Jutland was rightly a natural focus for the losses the Royal Navy sustained in the First World War, but for the Fishing Fleets and the Merchant Navy there is, of course, no such single focus, just individual actions and stories of determination, initiative, courage and endurance.’ Throughout the war years, the Society helped support around 51,000 sailors by supplying clothing, food, accommodation and rail warrants, and provided assistance to thousands of widows, orphans and aged parents. Now in its 177th year, the Society continues to offer financial aid to fishermen, mariners and their dependants. The video can be viewed online at:


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Rendez-Vous! The countdown is on for the start of the Tall Ships race to Quebec, Canada next Easter. The Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta will celebrate 150 years of the Canadian Confederation in a breathtaking sail from the shores of Royal Greenwich to the heart of Quebec. Following the success of the Greenwich Tall Ships Festival in 2014, which attracted 1.1 million visitors, Royal Greenwich will be the first host port for the race to Canada. With over eight miles of riverfront set against a backdrop of historic buildings and majestic parks, there will be plenty to see and do during the rally-point for the fleet of Tall Ships over Easter weekend 2017.

Councillor Denise Hyland, Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, said: ‘The Tall Ships Festival is a magnificent spectacle and we are excited to be the starting point for these beautiful ships to gather.’ The ships will be anchored at two sites – which will be the locations of the Tall Ships Festival villages – the Maritime Greenwich site at Greenwich town centre and the Royal Arsenal Riverside in Woolwich. The festival will run from Thursday 13 to Sunday 16 April 2017, with a huge Parade of Sail taking place at around 5pm on the Sunday. The Parade of Sail will see around 30 Class A and B Tall Ships and a number of smaller Class C and D ships sail down the Thames in convoy. After leaving Greenwich on 16 April 2017, the ships will sail down to Sines, Portugal, before crossing the

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Atlantic to visit Bermuda and the Eastern USA, arriving in Quebec on 18 July 2017. Seafarers UK, together with Sea Cadets, are the chosen Charity Partners for Royal Greenwich Tall Ships 2017. The event will also offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to dozens of young people to experience life on the high seas. Seafarers UK will be helping some Tall Ships Trainees to sail from Greenwich to Portugal for the first leg of the Regatta and is seeking donations in support of those from the borough who are unable to fund the places themselves.

For more details about the Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival 2017, visit tallships2017.

Seafarers remembered and celebrated On 12 October, over 2,000 people joined together in St Paul’s Cathedral for the Annual National Service for Seafarers (ANSS) to remember and celebrate the many thousands of seafarers who have served this, island nation’ in war and peace, and to acknowledge their successors today. In the presence of Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of the City of London, and representatives of all branches of the seafaring profession, the congregation heard the Dean of St Paul’s, The Very Reverend David Ison, speak about the perils and dangers of the sea, and the physical and emotional toll it can take on mariners and their families, which is sadly all too often unnoticed.

The standards of over 20 maritime charitable, fellowship and educational organisations were borne through the Cathedral. Prayers and readings were given by their representatives and those of participating schools. The schools’ combined choirs sang anthems under the direction of William Saunders, Director of Music at the Royal Hospital School.

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Thanks to the great generosity of the Gosling Foundation, Music Bursaries are awarded annually by the Trustees of the ANSS to young people nominated by participating schools and youth organisations. Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal graciously presented the Awards after the Service. On 11 October 2017, the Annual National Service for Seafarers will acknowledge the Centenary of Seafarers UK; we look forward to welcoming our many friends and supporters to this historic occasion.


Grants News

Grants News

Making a difference In 2016 to date, Seafarers UK awarded 46 grants totalling £900,408, which included funding ten organisations new to the charity. These grants will aim to support 87,542 people in need, and their families, including ex-seafarers and veterans, those currently working at sea, as well as those training for a career at sea.

2016 grants split by support categories


awarded in Maritime Education/Training grants

£85,134 £69,312 £270,042 £13,200 £41,437 £73,741 £25,000 £52,700 £190,255 £79,587






Welfare Support & Services Port Based Welfare Grants Maritime Education/Training Individual Regular Welfare Grants Health/Care Services




‘Our aim is to provide sustainable funding and improve the quality of life for those in greatest need.’

Hardship/Poverty Grants General Charitable Purposes Children/Youth Welfare Advice/information Services Accommodation/Supported Housing

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Grants awarded in July 2016 From Seafarers UK: • Age Concern Accion Social Y Assistencial – £15,000 • Annual National Service for Seafarers – £500 • Cobhair Bharraigh SCIO – £7,142 • Cobseo for SSAFA – £5,441 • Grimsby Town FC Sports & Education Trust – £17,000 • Island Trust Ltd – £2,969 • ISWAN (Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme) – £5,000 • London Concert Choir (Battle of Jutland) – £25,000 • Maritime UK − £12,000 • National Coastwatch Institution – £9,000 • Poppy Scotland – £10,000 • Queen Alexandra Hospital Home – £8,587 • Regular Forces Employment Association Ltd – £20,000 • RMT Learning – £15,000 • Royal Alfred Seafarer’s Society – £35,000 • Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League – £14,800 • Royal Naval Benevolent Trust – £6,000 • Sailors’ Children’s Society – £50,000 • Scottish Shipping Benevolent Association – £1,200 • Seavision – £25,000 • Seavision (My School is an Island) – £14,500 • Smallpeice Trust – £33,000 • Stanley Seamen’s Centre – £10,000 • Veterans Scotland – £5,000

From The Merchant Navy Fund: • Community Network – £30,634 • Manx Marine Society – £3,500

Latest grants

supporting serving seafarers and their families

 £18,200 grant to Seafood Cornwall Training Seafood Cornwall Training (SCT) is an approved Seafish training provider that delivers a range of safety and skippers’ ticket courses to the fishing industry. Our grant was awarded in March this year to help develop SCT’s own mobile engineering training workshop. With funds now in place, SCT are in the process of purchasing the necessary resources and aim to be delivering courses in early 2017. The workshop will be fully mobile, so will position itself in different fishing communities throughout the year to ensure as many fishermen have access to the training as possible.

£ 5,000 grant to International Seafarers’ Welfare and Asssitance Network (Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme) The International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) promotes seafarers welfare worldwide and directly serves seafarers by providing a 24-hour multilingual helpline. Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme, run by ISWAN, is a pan-industry alliance of ship owners, managers, manning agents, insurers and welfare associations, working together to assist seafarers

and their families with the humanitarian aspects of a traumatic incident caused by a piracy attack, armed robbery or being taken hostage. Our grant, in conjunction with a grant awarded by Mission to Seafarers, would pay for a research study on the impact of maritime piracy and armed robbery on Bangladeshi fishers and their families. Conducted by the Bangladesh Marine Academy and the Marine Fisheries Academy, the study will include the views of 1,000 to 1,200 Bangladeshi fishers, assessing the extent of maritime piracy and armed robbery in the Bay of Bengal over the course of five months. The study will also aim to determine the prevalence and severity of attacks and assess the needs of fishers and their families.

£ 20,000 grant to Regular Forces Employment Association Ltd (RFEA) RFEA is one of the oldest service charities that provides a job-finding service for Service leavers and ex-Forces personnel. The grant will be used to part-fund the seafaring element of the Compass Employment Programme – a UK wide team of advisers responsible for the delivery of employment support and jobfinding help to all military veterans. The Programme provides veterans with telephone and web helpdesk, as well as access to an online jobs board and a number of career and vocational tools. The number of veterans coming to RFEA for employment support and job-finding help in 2015 was 4,225, with the overall number remaining at its highest level for over 25 years. It is expected that in 2016 the level of need will remain close to that of 2015, with a total of 4,000-

4,500 veterans being supported. Our grant will allow RFEA to provide help to around 214 seafarers.

£ 50,000 grant to Sailors’ Children’s Society The Sailors’ Children’s Society currently provides help to 472 children and young people from seafaring families who require support following a traumatic event. This grant will be used to support 84 Fishing Fleet and 65 Merchant Navy children in need of regular financial grants, clothing grants, caravan holidays and emotional support. Families will also be provided with home computers as and when required. All families supported are either on housing benefit or council tax reduction and are therefore in real need.

£10,000 grant to Stanley Seamen’s Centre Stanley Seamen’s Centre in the Falkland Islands is an independent charity that aims to support many international and UK seafarers who visit the islands. Our grant will be used to cover the costs of a new‑build property to house the Port Chaplain as the existing house is in desperate need of repair. Historically, it proved quite difficult to attract and retain a Port Chaplain in the Centre, due to its remote location, high living costs and limited transportation to and from the islands. It is anticipated that with the new accommodation facilities it will be easier to attract and retain experienced staff to provide welfare support to fishermen and Merchant Navy seafarers who find themselves in difficult circumstances.


Case Studies

Case studies

How your support reaches those in greatest need ‘You’re not invincible. Some people have lost limbs, some people have lost lives, but there are still men willing to do the job and take that risk’

Emma, a former Weapons


* was working on a cruise

James started fishing as soon as he left school, going straight to work on his father and uncle’s boat. Being a fisherman is in his blood and he never wanted to do anything else. Although James loves the job, it can be tough. The wrong weather or problems with the boat can lead to financial problems or worse. ‘I had an incident last year when I got caught up in one of the nets and was dragged over the side. I was very lucky. There was no lasting damage, but it can be scary’. When times get tough, James and his crew can turn to their local Fishermen’s Mission Centre in Troon, the refurbishment of which was part funded by Seafarers UK. The only national charity that works solely to help fishermen and their families, The Fishermen’s Mission provides practical, spiritual and financial support, as well as emergency response service to both active and retired fishermen.

ship as part of the administration team when she contacted SeafarerHelp to report being bullied by her supervisor. She felt she was trying to deal with the situation on her own, was regularly crying, suffering from palpitations and having bad dreams. The SeafarerHelp team spoke to her on more than 20 occasions and offered to find a counsellor. With the support of SeafarerHelp, she made a formal complaint about her treatment through The International Transport Workers’ Federation and the cruise company repatriated Sarah before the end of her contract. She was greatly relieved to be back home with her children and, while still in contact with SeafarerHelp, she decided to take advantage of the counselling services offered by them. SeafarerHelp (run by ISWAN) is a free multilingual service, available to all seafarers and their family members. Assistance is available 24/7 throughout the year and covers areas ranging from poor wages and working conditions, to just being able to talk to someone when in need.

Debbie was working as a Head Chef and Supervisor on a ship sailing out of Harwich. Whilst cleaning the walk-in fridges on the ship she slipped and jarred her back and was temporarily paralysed from the waist down. Over the next year she was off work, housebound, lonely and on an array of painkillers. She called Seafarers Advice & Information Line (SAIL) – 50% funded by Seafarers UK – once her company had stopped paying her. SAIL then supported Debbie in claiming benefits and also via a visiting caseworker. She still did not have enough to live on, so SAIL turned to some maritime charities for further support. Finally, after a five-hour operation on her back and with ongoing physio and exercises, things started to improve. She has now gone back to work. SAIL is the only Citizen’s Advice Bureau service for seafarers and their families that provides specialist telephone advice on a wide range of issues including benefits, debt, housing and much more.

‘Without SAIL helping me through I don’t know what I would have done.’

Engineering Artificer actively involved in sport during her time in the Royal Navy, became wheelchair bound following her motorbike colliding with a car in 2001. At the time Emma thought that the pleasure she had gained from sport would come to an abrupt end now that she was in a wheelchair, and for a few years it did. But things changed when Emma discovered British Ex-Services Wheelchair Sports Association (BEWSA). As a newly disabled member of the Association, Emma was invited to go to the National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Alaska in June 2006. This year, Emma took part in the 36th National Veterans Wheelchair Games held in Salt Lake City, USA, winning four Gold and two Silver medals. The GB team, made up of disabled ex-service veterans from all three armed services, won 14 Gold, 12 Silver and two Bronze medals – a great achievement! BEWSA is a membership organisation run by its members to provide rehabilitation through sport for the disabled ex-services community. Thanks to a generous donation from Lloyd’s Patriotic Fund (LPF), Seafarers UK was able to make a £9,513 grant to BEWSA enabling six of their members with a Royal Navy or Royal Marines background to attend this year’s Games. LPF will also be funding the participation costs of the whole BEWSA contingent participating in the 2017 Wheelchair Games.

‘The National Veterans Wheelchair Games has been one of the most incredible experiences of my entire life. I would like to thank Seafarers UK and Lloyd’s Patriotic Fund for the funds they provided for the life‑changing experience that I have had and hope that their support can continue to allow others to have the same opportunity as me.’

Peter* was working on a container vessel as part of a small crew of eight when his recently born son had drunk water which had not been boiled or treated. As a result the child developed an amoebic infection. Peter’s wife was extremely worried and was on the phone to Peter both night and day. With Peter’s earnings all taken up with the welfare of his family, he was concerned he would not be able to pay for his son’s urgent hospital treatment. A visiting chaplain from Mission to Seafarers was advised by other crew members that Peter was in need of help. The chaplain provided Peter with a top-up on his mobile to keep him in touch with his wife. Mission to Seafarers was able to award Peter with a $200 grant needed to cover the cost of his son’s treatment, preventing him from potentially developing a life-threatening illness. Within days the little boy started to show improvement, and soon recovered fully from his infection.

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is six years old and has Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy. She is a very happy little girl, a real testament to the love and support from her family. Her father is a serving Royal Marine. The family has been supported by Royal Navy & Royal Marines Children’s Fund (RN&RMCF) who were able to provide Lacey-May with a special trike and horse riding lessons, both of which benefitted her enormously. In March this year it also became possible for her to undergo a six-hour corrective nerve surgery which would, if successful, enable her to walk. Whilst the NHS funded the surgery, it would only fund 25% of the ensuing physiotherapy and hydrotherapy, needed for up to two years following the operation. The NHS would have only undertaken the surgery if this therapy was guaranteed. RN&RMCF therefore guaranteed the payments for this therapy and will be working closely with the family, therapists and the NHS to monitor her progress. The surgery seems to have been successful with Lacey‑May already taking her first steps.

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• Free pantomime and local attraction tickets to allow families to enjoy experiences that would otherwise be financially prohibitive. to-face basis at home or over the phone, email or through Facebook messenger. This includes parenting support, home budgeting, practical assistance with paperwork, or simply someone to talk to during difficult times.

One such charity is Sailors’ Children’s Society. Now a national charity, Society was formed in 1821 as The Port of Hull Society’s Sailors’ Orphan Home (also known as Sailors’ Orphan Cottage Homes) with an aim of supporting disadvantaged children from Merchant Navy, Royal Navy and Fishing Fleet families, a job it’s still doing today nearly 200 years later. Families usually turn to the Society for help following a traumatic experience such as bereavement, diagnosis of a terminal illness or the breakdown of a marital relationship. The Society provides financial, practical and emotional assistance to help families settle in their new circumstances, with ongoing support being provided, sometimes

Seafarers UK has also been supporting Royal Navy & Royal Marines Children’s Fund (RN&RMCF), the only charity dedicated to supporting children whose parents work, or have worked, for the Naval Services.

Help provided can be in many different ways, including:

• Financial grants to allow children to attend clubs or sports and music lessons along with twice yearly clothing grants to provide new school uniforms and winter coat/shoes.

• Home computers to allow children to do their homework or chat online with their friends, and for parents to access medical online support groups or access training courses.

• Caravan holidays, so that families have the opportunity for a week’s respite from the stresses of daily life,

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The Society’s ultimate aim is therefore to let children be children, helping them to achieve their full potential and not be held back by family circumstances. All families that the charity helps are on means tested benefits. This ensures that they only help those in most need.

The main challenges that children face revolve around the stresses and strains resulted in from long periods of separation from their parent, the impact of living in a temporary oneparent or no-parent family, in addition to the difficulties they face if there is disability or illness to contend with.

The charity has its own case-workers based at their offices in Portsmouth and also uses a large network of volunteer caseworkers through SSAFA (The Armed Forces Charity). They often work in partnership with other charities, such as Royal Navy Royal Marines Welfare, so that children can receive a package of care.

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for a number of years, until the family is once again self-sufficient or until the children have left full-time education.

In the last year alone, RN&RMCF supported over 1,500 children, awarding over £1.3 million in grants, with the average grant being around £750 per child.

The charity provides support in many different ways; from giving grants to providing equipment or services linked to the disability or illness, to providing help in such basic ways as putting food on the table or a grant when a crisis hits a family that is already struggling.

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Deanne Thomas, Chief Officer, Sailors’ Children’s Society

Seafarers UK has been supporting a number of maritime charities and organisations that look after seafaring families, since its inception in 1917, when King George’s Fund for Sailors was set up to help seafarers injured in action and the many widows and orphans of seafarers who lost their lives in the First World War.

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‘The Society relies on grants and donations to assist disadvantaged children of seafarers both now and in the future. The long-term relationship we have with Seafarers UK is of tremendous benefit and we find their approach is extremely flexible.’

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allowing children to switch off, laugh and play, and make new friends.

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Seafarers UK (then known as The Sailor’s Fund) gave its first grant of £1,000 (an equivalent to £78,500 in today’s terms) to the Society back in 1917 and has continued its support to the present day. Our latest grant of £50,000 was awarded to the charity earlier this year to support 84 Fishing Fleet and 65 Merchant Navy children.

The charity started life as two orphanages, founded in 1825 and 1902, and over the years provided help to thousands of children experiencing the ongoing repercussions from injury or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, through two World Wars, the Falklands, and more recent conflicts. We awarded our first grant of £1,400 (an equivalent of £110,000 in today’s terms) to the Children’s Fund (then known as Royal Naval and Marine

Orphanage Home, Portsmouth) in 1917. In 1999, the orphanages merged to form the Children’s Fund. The money raised from the sale of the orphanages was invested and the income from this pays for the charity’s running, administrative and fundraising costs, which means that 100% of any donations and grants the charity receives are directly spent on the children that they support. At the outset, the charity primarily supported the children of ex-servicemen, but over the years, the evolution of society and war has turned the tide and, at present, around 80% of its beneficiaries’ parents are still serving. The areas the charity provides support for have also expanded and now include childcare, special needs education, days out and in-home support in times of crisis. An area of particular growth has been the charity’s focus on assisting children with special needs. This work now accounts for nearly half of its awards to beneficiaries.

Today, our support to the Children’s Fund continues with an annual grant of £100,000 to help provide welfare support for children of Officers in the Naval Service, often with severe and complex needs, over a prolonged period of time.

‘We are immensely grateful to Seafarers UK for their annual grant to the Children’s Fund. From the original support given to us by the King George’s Fund for Sailors, known today as Seafarers UK, their support has enabled us to provide help to around 2,000 children every year. We are there for those challenges that children have to deal with over and above those usually faced by their peers.’ Monique Bateman MBE, Director, The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Children’s Fund


Campaigning Update

Campaigning Update

Flying the Flag

Still campaigning after

99 years…

When King George V and his comrades created King George’s Fund for Sailors in 1917, the UK was in the midst of the First World War. By the end of that conflict the lives of 12,000 Merchant Navy sailors and fishermen would have been lost, with no grave but the sea. Seafarers’ widows and children were in poverty, in many cases starving and homeless, and KGFS came to the rescue. The charity’s essential priority at that time was the prompt and efficient provision of welfare services. But with remarkable foresight our founding fathers realised the First World War would result in a huge shortfall in the number of men available to serve in the Royal and Merchant Navies. Thus they incorporated in our Royal Charter a requirement for KGFS (nowadays known as Seafarers UK) to undertake this Object: ‘The education and training of people of any age to prepare for work or service at sea.’ Nearly a century later the charity you support is still doing that, albeit with a modern twist! By campaigning to raise public awareness of the UK’s ‘island nation’ dependence on seafarers and shipping, we subtly promote job opportunities at sea – and in the maritime industry ashore. This year’s Seafarers Awareness Week in June was a great example of the success of that approach, with its theme of ‘Maritime Jobs for Future Generations’. Independent research* revealed a huge – current and forecast – global shortfall in the number of Merchant Navy officers. And half the recommendations in the UK Maritime Growth Study report related to people, skills, training and education. But our own survey revealed that most young people in the UK were receiving no

advice at all about maritime careers! So the timing was perfect for Seafarers Awareness Week to provide a platform for more than 100 supporting organisations to promote maritime job opportunities. Noteworthy examples included the launch of Port Academy Liverpool, Hull Seafarers Centre’s open day, the Merchant Navy Training Board’s ‘Hidden Seafarer’ celebration and a ‘Connectivity’ themed reception in the UK Chamber of Shipping’s HQ. In total over 50 events took place during the week.

Our popular ‘Opportunities to Work at Sea’ films were re-edited and a new voiceover added. Combined views on YouTube now exceed 11,500. Our website at www.seafarersweek. uk – kindly sponsored by Inmarsat – was refreshed to be the main source of information for a wide range of interested people, from young jobseekers and their parents to journalists and broadcasters. Offered there for the first time was a unique list of maritime training organisations throughout the UK. Social media was at the heart of this year’s campaign. There were more than two thousand new

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for our Merchant Navy By campaigning to raise public awareness of the UK’s ‘island nation’ dependence on seafarers and shipping, we subtly promote job opportunities at sea – and in the maritime industry ashore. connections/likes/follows across LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, now with combined totals over 12,800. Twitter reach during June alone was over 2.5 million; with the hashtag #SeafarersWeek used more than 1,200 times. Over 40 pieces of strong press coverage were secured within the maritime industry. Of greater value though, non-trade media coverage included items in the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph. Numerous local newspapers mentioned our campaign, in many cases referring to our maritime careers advice survey. Fifteen items of online coverage reached 14,312,850 people. Thirteen pieces of radio coverage reached on audience of four million, including BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio Lancashire and BBC Radio Tees. In 2017 Seafarers Awareness Week will be 24-30 June. Our campaigning will continue to promote job opportunities at sea and ashore, the latter embracing our exciting new theme ‘Sea Ports for Prosperity’. Specially created communications will be targeted at children aged 11-14, their parents and school teachers, to inform them about educational subject choices that could influence their future maritime career options.

This year’s Merchant Navy Day, 3rd September, saw more than 400 Red Ensigns being flown ashore on civic buildings, flagpoles in public places and on historic buildings across Scotland, thanks to a campaign led by Seafarers UK to raise awareness of the UK’s ‘island nation’ dependence on past and present merchant shipping and seafarers. Widely supported by members of the Merchant Navy Association and the Federation of Merchant Mariners, events ranged from simple flag-hoisting activities to larger formal ceremonies at which a message from HRH The Earl of Wessex was read out. All participating local councils and other organisations are listed on a ‘Roll of Honour’ at

Bananas! Seafarers UK secured sponsorship from Fyffes to create new materials that encouraged young primary school children to think about how so many foods and products reached them thanks to merchant shipping and seafarers. ‘The Journey of a Banana’ items showed cartoon character Freddy Fyffes meeting a Ship’s Captain, Chief Engineer and Deckhand. More than 60 schools requested information. Over six thousand items were distributed, with many more downloaded from the Seafarers Awareness Week website. The reach is expected to exceed ten thousand children, parents and teachers.

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Fundraising News

Fundraising News

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Each year Seafarers UK is blown away by the commitment and enthusiasm shown by our supporters.

24 Peaks Challenge Over the weekend of 2-3 July, 25 teams from companies across the maritime sector took part in the ultimate challenge, better known as the ‘24 Peaks Challenge’. In doing so, they succeeded in raising over £112,000! The annual event, organised by Seafarers UK, had around 120 participants orienteering across the 24 highest peaks in the Lake District in 24 hours, with all the peaks along the way being over 2,400 feet. At the post-event awards evening on Sunday, each team was presented with a certificate and a rousing cheer. The Top Fundraiser Award trophy went

Great River Race The Great River Race is commonly known as ‘London’s River Marathon’ and sees over 330 crews tackle the tides of the River Thames with a 21.6 mile row from London Docklands through to Ham. On Saturday 3 September, The United Molasses Group and Clarkson plc (pictured right) joined this nautical challenge

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to Peel Ports (team 1) who raised a staggering £7,500, and Teekay Shipping received the Ambassadors Awards trophy for encouraging the most teams from across the industry to sign up to the challenge. ‘There is overall agreement that it was the hardest thing any of us have ever done’, said the E A Gibson Shopbrokers Team (pictured above).

Seafarers UK is now recruiting teams for our prestigious 24 Peaks Centenary Challenge, taking place over the weekend of 8-9 July 2017. Don’t miss out on this exclusive Centenary event and join us in the Lake District for the team building event of the year!

2016 saw both organisations taking their support to a new level as they expanded their calendar of challenge events to include RideLondonSurrey 100 on Sunday 31 July 2016, with their Chief Executive Chris Roberts taking part. He said: ‘Clarksons Platou and the

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Among those runners was Seafarers UK London Marathon Ambassador Firouz Mal who successfully completed his 7th London Marathon challenge in aid of Seafarers UK. Firouz (pictured above), a Project Manager for Carnival UK, has been a dedicated supporter of Seafarers UK for many years raising thousands of pounds for seafarers in need. Firouz receives support from his friends, family and colleagues and this year his marathon efforts were recognised by marine and off-shore engineering services company Atlantic Pacific Marine who generously donated £1,000 towards Firouz’s fundraising total of £3,627.

event in aid of Seafarers UK with a fundraising target of £10,000 to support our vital grant giving work. The United Molasses team, spearheaded by Captain John Weglarz, had previously supported Seafarers UK through our annual 24 Peaks Challenge, but opted for a new challenge in 2014 by joining The Great River Race, and have taken part every year since along with Clarkson plc.

On Sunday 24 April 2016, Seafarers UK staff and supporters were cheering on our London Marathon runners as they took on their 26.2 mile run round the capital.

United Molasses Group have been happy to support Seafarers UK as both businesses are heavily reliant on the shipping industry for our day-to-day operations and activities. We recognise that the maritime community requires help and support from time to time and are therefore keen to raise funds for this sector.’

We would like to thank Atlantic Pacific Marine and all who contributed towards Firouz’s fundraising total. For your chance to join Firouz and secure a place in our special Centenary London Marathon Team 2017 and post-event reception please contact Alex Ward, the Seafarers UK Events Officer.

From an individual supporter to a challenge event participant, from a corporate partner to our committee members – it is only with the support of our donors that we are able to continue our vital grant giving work and help seafarers in need and their families. We are extremely grateful to each individual that helps contribute to the maritime community. Corporate supporter Teekay Shipping have been regulars at Seafarers UK challenge events, with a number of employees taking part in events such as the London Marathon, RideLondon-Surrey 100 and Supporting Seafarers Day as well as teams taking on the 24 Peaks Challenge and The Great River Race year after year. One employee who has shown incredible commitment and enthusiasm is Naval Architect Chris Cooper (pictured right). Chris joined Teekay Shipping (UK) Ltd in 2014 and instantly became a regular to the Teekay fundraising team. In 2015 he committed to taking on RideLondon-Surrey 100 as well as volunteering as Team Leader for one of the four 24 Peaks teams, demonstrating incredible determination and team building skills. His fundraising journey seemed to have only just begun as, after completing the RideLondon-Surrey 100 in August 2015, he immediately registered for the 2016 London Marathon, joining four other Teekay colleagues for the challenge. Within hours of completing the gruelling 26.2 mile run around the capital Chris had already put his name down for the London Marathon 2017 along with his fiancée Tara who also joined Chris in the Lake District for his second

‘It has been great participating in the Seafarers UK challenges as part of the Teekay team to support the charity and the work they do. The London Marathon and 24 Peaks are both fantastic events and we are looking forward to taking part again in 2017. 24 Peaks in particular is a real challenge and a good weekend spent in the Lake District with friends and colleagues.’ 24 Peaks Challenge in July 2016. Chris has shown incredible commitment, dedication and enthusiasm through his calendar of challenge events and is a fantastic and popular member of the Teekay Shipping team. We are extremely grateful to Chris for his ongoing support to Seafarers UK through his challenges and look forward to cheering him on in our Centenary challenges in 2017!

For more information about any of our events or to register, please contact Alex Ward at or on 020 7932 5960.


Fundraising News

Supporting Seafarers Day On Thursday 23 June 2016, Seafarers UK introduced Supporting Seafarers Day, a national fundraising and awareness day that saw bucket collections and fundraising activities take place across the UK. Bucket collections were held at major railway stations such as London Victoria, London Waterloo, Edinburgh Waverley, Glasgow Central and Cardiff Central. Supporting Seafarers Day was an opportunity for all of our supporters to get involved by raising vital funds to help seafarers and reaching out to the general

public to share the message and highlight the risks and difficulties seafarers face on a daily basis to help keep us fed, fuelled and protected. We would like to send a huge thank you to everyone who volunteered including those from Royal Naval Associations, London Nautical School, London URNU, The Not Forgotten Association, Merchant Navy Associations, our corporate supporters, individual supporters, event participants and Seafarers UK committees. Building on the success of this year, Supporting Seafarers Day will take place next year on Thursday 29 June 2017.

HAVE FUN AND HELP US TO RAISE £100 FOR SEAFARERS UK. Employees from E A Gibson Shipbrokers Ltd collecting at Charing Cross station

Seafarers UK Centenary Fundraising Events 2017 Thursday 23 February Liverpool Centenary Dinner, Mersey Maritime Museum

Wednesday 12 July Bristol Centenary Dinner, Bristol Mansion House

Tuesday 28 March London Centenary Dinner, Guildhall

Sunday 30 July RideLondon-Surrey 100

Sunday 23 April Virgin Money London Marathon Thursday 29 June Supporting Seafarers Day Saturday 8-Sunday 9 July 24 Peaks Centenary Challenge


Take on a simple challenge in 2017 to raise at least £100 during our centenary year to acknowledge 100 years of support given by Seafarers UK to those from the Merchant Navy, Fishing Fleets, Royal Navy and Royal Marines of the past, present and future.

To find out more or to register your own 100 Challenge, email or call 020 7932 5960

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Saturday 9 September Great River Race Thursday 28 September Centenary Royal Marines Band Concert, Cadogan Hall









Autumn 2017 Scotland Centenary Dinner

For more information about any of these events and to register, please contact our Fundraising Events Officer at or on 020 7932 5960.

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The Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines

Past and Present Seafarers UK has worked with the Royal Marines Band Service for over 25 years running fundraising concerts and raising thousands of pounds for seafarers in need. Musical development in the Royal Marines is inextricably linked with the evolution of British military bands. Lively airs and the beat of the drum enabled columns of marching men to keep a regular step and the drum was used to give signals on the battlefield or in camp. It was in 1767 that Royal Marines Divisional Bands were formed at Chatham, Plymouth, Portsmouth and Deal. The actual Royal Marines Band Service together with its headquarters, the Royal Naval School of Music, was founded in 1903 to provide Bands for the Royal Navy. Its home was Eastney Barracks Portsmouth, where it remained until 1930 before transferring to Deal. Following several moves during WW2 the Royal Marines Band Service returned to Deal in 1950, amalgamating the Divisional Bands with the Royal Naval School of Music, thus forming a headquarters and training establishment re-named the Royal Marines School of Music.

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All members of the Royal Marines and Service are trained to take on operational roles as casualty stretcher bearers and ambulance drivers when required, so when Warrant Officer 2 (then Musician) Ann Miller (pictured above) joined RFA Argus in 2003 she knew it would be a tough few months, but was keen, along with her colleagues, to become involved. RFA Argus was anchored in the Gulf and Ann was part of the Resuscitation Team, which in simple terms, involved taking casualties on stretchers flown in by helicopter down to the ship’s hospital facility. All casualties were cared for by the medical team who in Ann’s words were ‘outstanding’ and made her see the Navy in a completely different light. There were many casualties during that time and the doctors and nurses were nothing short of amazing, working round the clock, always remaining calm and focussed. Probably the worst scenario during the three months that Ann was on board was when a six-year-old boy who had been seriously injured was flown in. Fortunately, he responded to treatment but not before he had touched the hearts of all involved with his care. Ann and her 39 colleagues, five of whom were female musicians, were billeted on board RFA Argus. It was hard work throughout their tour, but there were some fun times too as everyone on board much appreciated the presence of the Royal Marines Band members who could provide a welcome musical diversion when required. This included providing musical accompaniment at regular

Today Royal Marines Bands are required to provide every imaginable musical ensemble including orchestras and dance bands. To achieve this, musicians must attain an acceptable standard on both a string and a wind instrument. As a result of this expertise, Royal Marines musicians are regarded as one of the most versatile in the military musical world. Now firmly established since 1996 at HMS Nelson in Portsmouth, the Royal Marines School of Music is where the exacting process of producing military musicians and buglers begins. Through a very productive link with Portsmouth University, Royal Marines Musicians can now attain civilian qualifications linked to each stage of their training and professional promotion courses. Male and female students, aged between 18 and 28, are trained in all aspects of military music and, more recently, vocal skills. They are taught by professors of the highest calibre from top London and provincial orchestras. The students are also drilled in all aspects of military ceremonial in order to ensure that the worldwide reputation enjoyed by the Royal Marines Band Service for both its music and precision marching is maintained.

CASE STUDY NAME: Ann Miller ROLE: Musician SERVICE: RM Band Service

church services as well as Beat Retreats and a variety of concerts on board RFA Argus and RFA Rosalie. It was an interesting three months which will probably stay forever in the minds of those who served on board. Being part of any casualty scenario can affect people in different ways at different times. Charities such as Combat Stress and others are there to provide support when needed in dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and similar after-effects of service in a war zone. Those who serve in such scenarios are constantly reminded of the help that is available if needed. Since that somewhat stressful time in 2003 Ann has married, had two daughters and been promoted to the rank of Warrant Officer 2 in the Royal Marines Band Service, to become the Band’s first female WO! We highly value the mutually strong relationship established between the musicians and our charity and look forward to the next series of the Royal Marines Bands concerts in 2017. There will be a couple of new venues on the calendar to mark our Centenary, the most notable being a concert in Cadogan Hall in London on 28 September.


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At the School of Music, the young instrumentalist is tempered and honed to the sharpest edge before taking his or her place in one of the five Royal Marines Bands. As their careers progress Musicians and Buglers return to the Royal Marines School of Music to undergo further musical training to qualify them for higher rank. This culminates in a place on the Student Bandmasters’ Course that is widely recognised as one of the most demanding courses of its type. In addition to music making, Royal Marines Musicians and Buglers are of course trained in their military operational roles as casualty handlers and ambulance drivers. The majority of today’s musicians have served in theatre at some time over the last few years.

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• Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall

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Community News

Community News

England &Wales


by Alex Sard MBE, Community Support Manager

by John Hood, Scotland Representative

Seafarers UK Golf Day Southwick Park Golf Club was once again the venue for this year’s Seafarers UK Annual Golf Day on 25 July.

It has been a busy few months for our committees around the country, doing their utmost to raise funds for Seafarers UK. Particular mention must be made of Derek Peters and his committee at Felixstowe. They have organised a variety of successful events this year including a ‘Wine and Strawberry Tea and Proms’ in St John’s Church, Felixstowe, a ‘Riverside Evening with Cheese and Wine’ in September and a ‘Fish and Chips and Quiz Evening’ in November, as well as a street collection for Supporting Seafarers Day. Committee Chair Derek Peters also encouraged a large number of local organisations to fly the Red Ensigns on this year’s Merchant Navy Day on 3 September. Derek’s formula for successful fundraising is to have fun and enjoy doing it, which is probably the reason for Felixstowe Committee’s cautious anticipation of raising £100,000 by 2017 since its formation in 1980. It is with great delight, therefore, that we learn that Derek has been awarded the Merchant Navy medal this year for his sterling work for the

charity. Well-deserved indeed! Further congratulations must be made to Commander Ivor Milne, Cornwall Committee Chair, (pictured above with his wife and The Lord Mayor of the City of London, The Lord Mountevans of Chelsea) and Commodore Gerald Wood, Bristol Committee Chair, both of whom were awarded President’s Awards at this year’s Annual Meeting in the Mansion House. Although Ivor and his wife were able to attend the Annual Meeting to receive his award, Gerald and his wife were away. However, the Mayor of Bristol, Vice President of Seafarers UK, was able to make a special presentation to Gerald at the Seafarers UK Bristol Committee Annual Cocktail Party in October at HMS Flying Fox. Finally, Committee members from Bath, Plymouth and Guildford, along with committee supporters from Scotland and Lincoln, were fortunate

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Twenty one teams participated, and following a very wet few weeks, the sun shone! Complimentary polo shirts were kindly donated by Hedge End Golf Centre and golfers looked very smart in this year’s colour of purple! Fullers also generously provided free Seafarers Ale for the players. The team from the Royal Marines Band (pictured below) won the trophy on what was another successful and enjoyable day for Seafarers UK golfing supporters, raising over £2,000 for our charity. The date for Golf Day 2017 is Monday 24 July.

It’s been a year since I joined the team at Seafarers UK as the charity’s representative in Scotland. After a comprehensive handover from my predecessor Nick Davies, I found myself at the Highland Military Tattoo at Fort George near Ardersier with John and Katy Bruce and Bill and Caroline McCarthy from our Highland Committee. Following a call on the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, the Annual Seafarers Service at St Mungo’s Cathedral in Glasgow provided a good test of my organising skills and the opportunity to meet our supporters, both individuals and maritime groups on the West Coast. The service was preceded by a

parade of Sea Cadets from Glasgow, Helensburgh, Clydebank, East Kilbride and Ardrossan who were inspected by Capt Chris Smith, Naval Regional Commander, Scotland and Northern Ireland while the Band of the Royal Marines Scotland paraded and provided a nautical musical accompaniment. Later in the year I also went to Aberdeen and Mallaig and was busy organising a series of Royal Marines Band concerts in Edinburgh and Dunfermline. I was privileged to represent the charity at the Jutland events at South Queensferry in the presence of HRH The Princess Royal and The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. An enjoyable sea day was spent off Oban on board TS Royalist courtesy of Commander David Carpenter, Chairman of Sea Cadets Scotland. More recently I attended the reception to mark the occasion

of the 75th anniversary of the First Arctic Convoy, hosted by the Consul General of the Russian Federation in Edinburgh. Entertainment included a very lively and enthusiastic Russian Folk Group with obligatory vodka to help things along. Earlier this year Seafarers UK provided support that allowed four Arctic Convoy veterans and their carers to visit Russia to receive awards from President Putin. Merchant Navy Day was well supported throughout Scotland and the Tall Ship in Glasgow held a programme of activities on board the Glenshee that raised funds for Seafarers UK. We are looking to expand our network of volunteers in Scotland, so if you would like to get involved contact John at john.hood@seafarers-uk or call on 07885 555760.

Congratulations to our Prize Draw Winner

enough to attend Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday Celebrations in the Mall on 12 June. All agreed that, apart from being a little damp now and again, it was a fabulous day! Image left: Bath Committee members at Her Majesty’s 90th birthday celebrations on The Mall

Last year, thanks to the generosity of P & O Cruises, attendees of our Royal Marines Bands concerts were given the opportunity to enter a Free Prize Draw to win a seven‑night Mediterranean fly-cruise holiday. The winning card was drawn on 1 April 2016 and Beverly (pictured on the right), from Brighton, was super-excited when she received the phone call with news that she had won. We would like to congratulate Beverly on winning the prize and thank her for her continued support.

‘I was overjoyed when I received the call telling me that I had won the P & O Cruises fly-cruise. I will continue to support Seafarers UK by going to their Royal Marines Bands concerts, which my friend and I enjoy so much. Tickets already purchased for this year.’


In Memoriam

Help our work to live on

Leave a lasting legacy Every year, more and more people like to leave a gift to charity in their Will. These legendary acts provide the foundation for causes like ours and are vital in continuing our work. With no government funding, we have to rely on the generosity of people like you to help make a real difference to people’s lives across the Merchant Navy, Fishing Fleets, Royal Navy and Royal Marines. Last year, our legacy income amounted to £436,000. This represented 12% of the grants we awarded in the same year. It’s a common myth that you have to be wealthy to leave a gift in your Will to help us, but nothing could be further from the truth. After taking care of family and friends, you will be amazed at what one final gift, no matter how big or small, can do. Whatever the amount, we are extremely grateful for any gifts left to us, as they will help us to continue to support seafarers and their families at times of need. Because Seafarers UK works closely with all of the organisations that support seafarers and their dependants, we can target donations where they will make the biggest difference.

For example: A gift of £5,000 could help equip a seafarers’ centre that provides recreation facilities and wi-fi for seafarers working on board cruise liners and container ships, enabling them to contact their families. A gift of £15,000 could pay for five dynamic air mattress systems that reduce the risk of pressure sores for ex-seafarers with severe physical disabilities who are staying in a residential care home. A gift of £25,000 would help to provide a maintenance grant for a seafarer’s widow to support her children during their school years. A gift of £100,000 would pay for the purchase and distribution of about 1,000 personal flotation devices to fishermen across the UK, saving the lives of those seafarers working in one of the most hostile and dangerous environments. For more information about leaving a legacy to Seafarers UK, or to request our legacy pack, please visit our website at, email or phone on 020 7932 0000.

In Memoriam We’d like to thank the families and friends of those recently deceased who have chosen to support Seafarers UK in their memory. We would also like to thank those people who have chosen to make a quiet personal remembrance of a friend or relative anonymously. We may not have their names, but we acknowledge them all with honour and respect. Admiral of the Fleet Sir Edward Beckwith Ashmore GCB DSC Mrs Eileen Wendy Ballantine Mrs M W Ballantyne Mr Peter Burman Anne Isabel Carr Mr Stephen James Detheridge Mr Will Headon Mr George Lennox Keir Mr Kenneth Khambatta

Mr Leon King Lindsay Captain Brian McCarthy RNR (Rtd) Mr Richard Lionel Packham Mrs Nancy Price Mr Geoffrey Reynolds Mr John Single Mr Gerald Richard Sutton Captain Andrew Taylor Lieutenant Thomas (Tom) Vaughan Mrs Maureen Elisabeth Vicary

In Loving Memory Many people now ask for donations instead of flowers at funerals.

Last year, our legacy income amounted to


This represented 12% of the grants we awarded in the same year.

It can be of a comfort to family and friends to raise funds for a cause that was dear to the deceased. We are honoured that many people have chosen to support Seafarers UK in this way. We are extremely grateful for any donations received in memory of a loved one. Our ‘In Memory’ leaflet is designed to help those who want to celebrate the life of a loved one and leave a lasting tribute to them. For more information, please contact Carole Hunt on 020 7932 5986 or

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Crossword and Jack Chat

“We found out when the war was on what we owed to sailors... All honour to these men! Their acts constitute the outstanding triumph of the war.”

The Cutty Sark

prize crossword

Helping Hands by Celticus

The Bishop of London The Mission to Seafarers’ AGM 1921

Jack CHAT Cartoons by Paul Thomas

Four clues refer to ways in which Seafarers UK supports the today’s maritime community, and are not further defined. There will be a bottle of Cutty Sark whisky for the first correct entry pulled out of Flagship’s bicorn hat after the closing date of 22 December, 2016. Post your entries to: Flagship Crossword, Seafarers UK, 8 Hatherley Street, London SW1P 2QT

Bravo Zulu  ‘BZ’ (or ‘Bravo Zulu’) is the Navy signal for ‘well done’ and has become a general term for a pat on the back. Its origin lies in the signals used by allied navies in the Second World War, and was codified in the 1949 Allied Naval Signal Book for use across all NATO fleets. As well as flag signals and radio messages, ‘Bravo Zulu’ is often used in writing by senior officers to congratulate other officers or crews on a job well done. Bluey  Popular slang for a Forces air letter, which can be sent free to or by servicemen and woman on operational duty overseas. Blueys can be obtained from any Post Office, a handful at a time. They usually take about a week to arrive and the postage is paid by Ministry of Defence. While ‘e-blueys’ (confidential emails printed out and delivered locally) are now more popular, many people serving abroad still appreciate a handwritten letter every now and then. Hollywood shower  A term borrowed from the US Navy for a decadent, long shower that uses too much water and keeps others waiting. It was used in contrast to the ‘Navy shower’ (known as a ‘GI bath’ in the US Army), which aimed to conserve scarce water supplies by encouraging bathers to shut off the water while lathering, and limit the flow to two minutes. The ‘Navy Shower’ is now recommended by US Department of Energy as a way of conserving energy and cutting fuel bills.

Across 1 First, secure landing at London Bridge? (5) 4 Byron’s Harold holds coach in Dijon (9) 9,25 Bajan batsman runs around, racing erratically (7,4) 10 Copper’s superior radiation after first gram (3) 11 Obscure band (4) 12 Barrister sheds top for similar type (3) 13 See 24 down. 15 Mad king after final refuge with 100 inside – don’t park here! (4,5) 17 Rarely-worn outfit, or coat on in sober fashion? (10,5) 20 He can dine at sea in irons (9) 23 Warrior missile hooked up to computer system by ancient city (7) 24 Seafarers 26 available here, if you’re lucky (3) 25 See 9. 26 Liquid lunch found in diverted London river (3) 27 Endless Roman curse packs punch delivered in Asian tongue (7) 28 Play with toy ska hat – I don’t mind! (5,4) 29 Appreciated again in the 60s? (5)

Down 1 Soho’s decency corrupted? Nothing’s missing, figuratively speaking! (10) 2 The one who did this? A Texan cop, by the sound of it (8) 3 Human cannonball in Moscow? False, perhaps (6) 4 Second missing shoe in transmission mechanism (3) 5 DI models dip in disorder, producing expectations after the draw (7,4) 6 Unpleasant man on bike is a regular at the ‘Stow, perhaps (3,5) 7 Deputy after promotion (6) 8 Norseman knocks back aperitif after eating first (4) 14 Risking tank in rebellion –many fallen here! (7,4) 16 Retreating from Tangiers in disarray (10) 18 Lacking credit in the 1980s? (2,6) 19 Keeper put up with charge (8) 21 Mystical doctrine set faction leader apart (6) 22 Series of intervals: Mother and me excluded for minimum disruption (1,5) 24,13 Left at sea with Carling and Tindall (4,7) 27 Periodic member with variable pulse type (3)

Solution to crossword ‘Past Duties’ in Flagship 28, Summer 2016. MATE, BOY FIRST CLASS, CODER, LEADSMAN, RUM BOSUN and STOKER, are all seafaring ranks or jobs that have disappeared in the last 100 years.

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Make and mend  An afternoon off. Although still in common use today, the term’s origins go back to the time when sailors’ uniforms and other clothes were not supplied by the Royal Navy, and they were given time off (often Sunday afternoons) to make and repair them. It’s safe to say ‘make and mends’ are unlikely to be spent doing needlework today.

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Today’s Mission to Seafarers works tirelessly to help merchant seafarers and their families in need in 50 countries worldwide. themissiontoseafarers


Patron: Her Majesty The Queen President: Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal

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Pongo  An army soldier. While the origin of the

widely-used term is disputed, it’s certainly derogatory. The Oxford English Dictionary says it derives from the Congolese ‘mpongo’, a variety of large ape, while others insist it refers to the allegedly lower standards of personal hygiene in the army: ‘wherever the army goes, the pong goes…’. Individual soldiers may be nicknamed ‘Percy Pongo’ by both the Navy and the RAF.

Scurs  Nickname given to any sailor with a beard, particularly an abundant one. The Royal Navy has always permitted beards (while only moustaches were permitted in the army) perhaps because of the shortage of water for shaving while at sea. The name itself is simply a short form of ‘whiskers’. With today’s fashions, it’s an old term that could come back into frequent use. Copies of ‘Jackspeak: A Guide to British Naval Slang and Usage’ by Dr Rick Jolly OBE are available in all major bookshops throughout the UK.

Our word our bond


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NavigatiNg SucceSS at the Royal hoSpital School Simon Lockyer, Headmaster

The Royal Hospital School was founded in 1712 in Greenwich, London, to ’improve navigation’ through education and, as it prepared boys for a life at sea, many went on to become explorers and pioneers of their time. We are immensely proud of these historic links and discovery, exploration and challenge continue to shape our ethos. The traditional values of loyalty, commitment, courage, respect, service and integrity have underpinned the School’s core aims and philosophy from the very beginning. 300 years later, they are still as relevant to the education we provide as they were then. Today the Royal Hospital School is set in 200 acres of Suffolk countryside overlooking the Stour Estuary and it is a leading independent, co-educational boarding and day school providing a full and broad education, fit for the modern world. We inspire our pupils to have the courage and commitment to be ambitious for their futures, whichever path they choose. Everyone can achieve the most exceptional things but we are all different. That is why we focus on the individual, getting to know every one of our pupils and finding out what motivates them. We challenge pupils of all academic abilities, steering them to look beyond the moment, and beyond the confines of the classroom, and to approach life with an open and receptive mind. It is through thinking creativity and taking initiative that they learn to establish, and work towards, their own personal goals. By understanding a young person’s strengths, and what he or she might find more difficult, we can help them to make the right choices at the right time, navigating them through their critical, formative years and ensuring their education becomes the foundation for happiness and success. It is this unique blend of a values-driven education with the focus on individual challenge and appropriate guidance that enables our pupils to develop into selfreliant, socially responsible adults with enviable open-mindedness and resilience, so sought-after by employers and important in life.

the Royal hoSpital School – NavigatiNg SucceSS For more information, please contact Kate Evers, Registrar, on 01473 326136 or or visit

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Seafarers UK was originally set up in 1917 as King George’s Fund for Sailors, with the aim of helping people in the maritime community by providing vital funding to support seafarers in need and their families.

Now operating under the new title Seafarers UK, the charity continues to do that by giving money to organisations and projects that make a real difference to people’s lives, across the Merchant Navy, Fishing Fleets, Royal Navy and Royal Marines.

Seafarers UK 8 Hatherley Street London SW1P 2QT

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Patron Her Majesty The Queen

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Telephone 020 7932 0000 Website Our website has up-to-date information on fundraising events, campaigns, ways to donate, how to apply for grants or get help for seafarers in need.

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