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AoS awarded Seafarers UK grant

11th March 2015

Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) has received a grant of £61,800 from Seafarers UK towards the costs of its pastoral support for seafarers in UK ports.
                  The money will go a long way in ensuring AoS’ continued assistance to seafarers who arrive at our shores, said AoS development director John Green
                  “As ever we are grateful for Seafarers UK’s generous grant. It is also testimony to the excellent work of our port chaplains and ship visiting volunteers up and down the country,” he added.
                  Last year AoS’ port chaplains visited 9,952 ships and assisted 199,020 seafarers. They provided phone or SIM cards to 4,608 ships and helped 5,914 seafarers with welfare problems. 
                  Seafarers UK provide grants to specialised maritime charities such as AoS, and carries out fundraising activities and campaigns to raise awareness about the UK’s dependence on seafarers. 
                  Last year it awarded 93 grants to 70 organisations totalling £2.5million.
                  Its annual Seafarers Awareness Week will be held from 20 – 28 June this year. With the support of many other organisations Seafarers UK promotes Seafarers Awareness Week to highlight: 
                  •    95% of total UK trade is carried by ship 
                  •    Half of our food is imported and most comes by sea 
                  •    We rely on seafarers to keep our ‘island nation’ afloat! 
                  The organisation is also holding a ‘Get Stripey’ event on 15 May to raise vital funds to support seafarers in need. 
                  Other fund raising events lined up for the year include the 24 Peaks Challenge, the Spinnaker Tower Abseil and the Thames Path Challenge.
Apostleship of the Sea received a grant from Seafarers UK to help with its work supporting seafarers