FORMER SHIPPING MINISTER TO HOST SEAFARERS UK’S ONLINE MARITIME QUIZ
Former Shipping Minister to host Seafarers UK’s online Maritime Quiz. Former Maritime Minister, Nusrat Ghani MP, will be hosting the charity, Seafarers UK’s first Maritime Quiz on Thursday 28 January 2021 from 18:00–19:00.
Seafarers UK Maritime Quiz tickets are £10 per household and some impressive prizes are available for the winners – including a lunch at a Westminster Michelin starred restaurant with Nusrat Ghani. Registration also includes the opportunity to be randomly selected for a prize. Even if your maritime knowledge isn’t top notch you still have a chance to win one of the prizes on offer.
Seafarers UK CEO Catherine Spencer said:
‘The Maritime Quiz is a fantastic opportunity to flex your maritime knowledge and support the organisation which helps all who work at sea and their families.
‘We are thrilled that Nusrat Ghani MP, well known for her admiration of the maritime sector, and held in high esteem by those she worked with during her tenure as minister, has agreed to host our quiz. It’s an antidote to the isolation of lockdown and bound to be great fun.
‘Funds from the quiz will enable us to continue supporting seafarers. We provide grant funding to a range of charities providing welfare services for seafarers. Seafarers don’t just have one welfare need. Now it’s for immediate help from ship-visitors at the gangway to help with practical needs and telephone advice on contractual difficulties and problems onboard. But now and in the future, there will also be mental health needs, relationship support, which Seafarers UK fund through Relate, and in older age accommodation and prevention of loneliness through Age UK’s telephone friendship groups for older seafarers.’
Seafarers UK has been at the forefront of supporting seafarers since 1917 as the King George’s Fund for Sailors. During the pandemic the trustees released an additional £2m of funding to help seafarers through Seafarer’s UK’s charity partners, who provide first-class welfare services to the sector.
Seafarers UK’s help during the current crisis has included:
– An award of over £200k to International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) to help them respond to seafarers’ immediate needs for advice, help and hardship grants.
– £200k for a UK Maritime Anchor Fund to provide a holistic package of support, including financial support, advice and counselling for seafarers who have been made redundant as a consequence of COVID-19.
– £200k to Mission to Seafarers to transform their services and provide digital chaplaincy support as well as COVID-19 secure seafarer centres.
– £130k to Stella Maris who are on the frontline, enabling chaplains to offer practical, emotional and spiritual support for seafarers.
– £29,500 to Queen Victoria Seamen’s Rest who have been on the frontline at Tilbury Port, London, when Maritime and Coastguard Agency impounded five cruise ships in July 2020.