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HRH The Earl of Wessex Endorses Six Seafarers UK President’s Awards

Seafarers UK’s President’s Awards are given annually to individuals or organisations who have made a significant contribution, either through a donation, participation in a challenge event, or championship of the charity’s cause.

This year, Seafarers UK – established in 1917 as King George’s Fund for Sailors – chose to acknowledge those who made a difference through their generous support of the charity’s Centenary Appeal in 2017.

At Seafarers UK’s Annual Meeting on 22 May awards were presented by Captain Ian McNaught, Deputy Master of Trinity House, to individuals and organisations who have made a real difference to the lives of past, present and future seafarers.

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Will you be flying a Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day on 3 September?

If you would like to show your appreciation for our Merchant Navy seafarers – past, present and future – please arrange to fly a Red Ensign ashore on Merchant Navy Day, Monday 3 September.

Now in its fourth year, Seafarers UK’s campaign to raise awareness of our island nation’s dependence on seafarers and shipping will see the British Merchant Navy’s official flag flying atop civic and historic buildings across the UK and on flagpoles in prominent public locations.

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Employers of maritime and marine engineers urged to make the most of ‘The Year of Engineering 2018’

Employers of maritime and marine engineers urged to make the most of ‘The Year of Engineering 2018’, a Government-led initiative to tackle a major skills gap and inspire the engineers of tomorrow.

A pioneering campaign to transform the way young people see engineering and boost numbers entering the profession has been launched.

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Seafarers Awareness Week 2018 Dates Confirmed

Seafarers Awareness Week (SAW) will be 23-30 June in 2018, the co-ordinating charity Seafarers UK has confirmed. It will embrace the IMO’s ‘Day of the Seafarer’ on 25 June.

The main promotional theme for SAW will be ‘Maritime Industry Jobs’ – at sea and ashore – with an emphasis on engineering, to coincide with the Government’s ‘Year of Engineering’ campaign

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Seafarers UK calls for corporate teams to take on the 24 Peaks Challenge

The UK maritime industry’s most rewarding team-building event is on 7-8 July 2018, when up to 30 teams of trekkers will take on Seafarers UK’s 24 Peaks Challenge. Over 24 hours, 24 peaks over 2,400 feet in the Lake District are ascended by teams of four to six people. Awards are presented to the top fundraising team and the company that recruits the most teams.

Each team pledges to raise £4,000 for Seafarers UK, the charity that helps people in the maritime community by providing vital funding to support seafarers in need and their families.

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New charity appointment aims to increase corporate and employee engagement in maritime

Mairéad Ní Cheóinín has been appointed to Seafarers UK as the charity’s new Corporate Fundraising Manager where her focus will be on engaging with the commercial maritime sector.

Mairéad brings a wealth of business development, marketing experience and industry knowledge to the position from her previous roles, working with Steamship Mutual P&I, TradeWinds, Informa PLC in London and the Irish Maritime Development Office in Dublin.

Mairéad joins the grant-giving, campaigning and fundraising charity at an exciting time, as it celebrates its Centenary and is looking ahead to the next phase of its future. Her role will be to raise awareness of Seafarers UK’s wider impact within the maritime charity sector.

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Supporting Seafarers & Their Families Conference 2017 

Inmarsat, 99 City Road, London, EC1Y 1AX

16 & 17 October 2017

Over the past 18 months the Maritime Charities Group has commissioned research on the needs of our seafarers and their families and how the UK Maritime Charity Sector can best meet them now and in the future. The research has also focused on the current size and shape of our UK Maritime Charity Sector and our overall financial health. There are many challenges ahead and we look forward to sharing our findings with you on October 16th & 17th 2017.

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Seafarers UK calls on UK Government to make Merchant Navy Day ‘official’ across the UK

On Merchant Navy Day, 3 September, the Red Ensign will be flown ashore to raise awareness of our dependence as an island nation on our past, present and future Merchant Navy seafarers.

The Red Ensign has since 1854 been the official flag of the British Merchant Navy, flown on ‘UK-flagged’ vessels of all sizes, from workboats and superyachts to container ships, fuel tankers and cruise liners. 3 September in 1939 marked the outbreak of the Second World War when the merchant ship SS Athenia was torpedoed and sunk, with the loss of 128 passengers and crew.

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King George’s Fund for Sailors (Seafarers UK) to Celebrate 100th Birthday on 5 July

A charity set up in the midst of World War One to assist families of seafarers lost or injured at sea will be one hundred years old on 5 July.

Charting the charity’s history, a ‘Centenary Timeline’ – www.seafarers.uk/timeline – identifies milestone activities and the role of key individuals, including King George V who gave his name to what was originally known simply as the Sailors’ Fund.

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Sea Cadets visit RFA Argus to mark Seafarers Awareness Week

Sea Cadets from London, Kent and Essex had an amazing opportunity to tour casualty ship RFA Argus at the start of Seafarers Awareness Week (24-30 June), the annual campaign coordinated by maritime charity Seafarers UK.

100 young people and volunteers from Sea Cadets units in Beckenham and Penge, Bexley and Lewisham, Orpington, Southwark, Sutton, Chelmsford, Maldon and District and Thurrock visited the vessel moored at Greenwich on Monday 26 June.

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