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#CharityTuesday – The Mission To Seafarers

About us

Piracy, shipwreck, abandonment and separation from loved ones are just a few of the problems merchant seafarers face. Around the world, The Mission to Seafarers provides help and support to the 1.5 million men and women who face danger every day to keep our global economy afloat.

We work in over 200 ports in 50 countries caring for seafarers of all ranks, nationalities and beliefs. Through our global network of chaplains, staff and volunteers we offer practical, emotional and spiritual support to seafarers through ship visits, drop-in seafarers’ centres and a range of welfare and emergency support services.

Seafarers rely on us

The Mission to Seafarers strives to meet the needs of all seafarers and their families, irrespective of faith or cultural background. Its simple mission is to care for the shipping industry’s most important asset: its people.

Seafarers can be separated from their friends and families for up to a year and precious shore leave is not always available. From the centres of the world’s shipping industry, our chaplains and their teams support seafarers who all too often have nowhere to turn to.

Throughout a long and distinguished history, the Mission has grown to become one of the largest port-based welfare operators in the world, providing a service in 200 ports, 365 days a year, across 50 countries. 118 of these ports have a Flying Angel Centre. International Headquarters (IHQ) in London directly supports over 50 front-line Staff and around 100 Honorary Chaplains in addition to an army of Volunteers, who visit ships, offer hospitality, drive minibuses and engage in a range of other welfare activity.

We are here for seafarers.

Why donate?

The Mission to Seafarers’ frontline staff are there for seafarers in trouble, distress, or despair. In many remote areas, the Mission may be the only help on offer and the only place vulnerable seafarers feel they can turn for support.

We rely purely on voluntary support to continue this work. Without you, there simply wouldn’t be the global network of support that gives hope and help to seafarers when they need it the most.

You can donate to support our work around the world through whichever method suits you best.


You can make an online donation now. You can also fundraise, or make a donation to someone who is fundraising for us by clicking here.

By phone

If you would prefer to donate using your debit or credit card over the phone, you can call our supporter hotline on 0300 555 1505.

By post

To donate by post, simply print and complete one of the forms below, and return it to the address provided.

Payroll giving

Payroll giving is an easy and tax-efficient way to support the Mission, taken directly from your salary, before tax. You can set up a monthly arrangement here.

Every penny we receive makes a vital difference to seafarers’ lives. Thank you.

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