The Fishermen's Mission
Messages from other supporters
In loving memory of John Stewart of Lossiemouth who passed away on 5th March 2013.
Donation by Kathryn Aldis
Christmas present to Janet from Val, with love.
Donation by Anonymous
In memory of Devon fisherman Geoff Ingram, God Bless. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
Donation by Christine Davies £100.00 + £25.00 Gift Aid
Why your donation matters
The Fishermen’s Mission fights poverty and despair in UK fishing communities by providing emergency and welfare aid to fishermen and their families. Superintendent Willie Buchan received a call; the crew of the stricken Onward were landing in Kirkwall. Willie organised clothes, food, and tickets home. In Hull Superintendent Tracey Oliver learned ex-fisherman Barrie was homeless, sleeping rough, seriously ill. He now has a home thanks to Tracey, her friends and family. Lowestoft Mission Man, Tim Jenkins provided an emergency grant to fisherman’s widow, Jane Dolby who was struggling to pay her family’s bills. Barrie, Jane and the Onward crew had fallen through the welfare net. It was down to the Mission to step in. Give what you can so we can continue our life-changing work.
Case study: donations in action
The loss of a fishing boat is always a disaster but when the vessel isn’t insured it can spell financial ruin for a fisherman and his family. The fisherman Alan had been working creels when a swell capsized the boat. He was rescued but the boat sank. The loss of the boat means the family’s financial situation is dire. Alan* has two children, lives in rented accommodation and his wife is disabled. He owes thousands of pounds on his uninsured boat. When you’re struggling to make a living, insurance can seem a luxury. Now it’s the local Mission Man, Jim’s* job to keep the family together with a roof over their heads; he provided an emergency grant to meet food, utility bills and to pay the rent. He also put Alan in touch with Seafarers’ Advice and Information Line for free and independent advice on how to manage his debts. But Jim remains on hand providing moral and financial support if and when it’s needed.
- names changed to protect identities.