MAYOR AND MAYORESS LAUNCH SOCIETY’S CHRISTMAS CARD APPEAL
Mayor and Mayoress Launch Society’s Christmas Card Appeal
The Mayor and Mayoress of Chichester, Councillor Richard Plowman and Mrs Lynne Plowman, have officially launched the annual Christmas Card Appeal for the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society.
At a reception on Tuesday 29 October, the Mayor and Mayoress also opened the Society’s Christmas card shop and met the local volunteers who run it at the Charity’s premises at 1 North Pallant, Chichester. Councillor and Mrs Plowman were also given an insight into the Society’s work on behalf of the seafaring community throughout the UK and Ireland over its 180-year history.
Founded in 1839, the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society’s purpose is to provide financial help to merchant seafarers, fishermen and their dependants, who are suffering hardship or distress. In the last year grants totalling £1.4 million were given in over 2,000 cases of need.
The Society’s Christmas and everyday greetings cards, as well as interesting and useful gift items, can be purchased from the Charity’s head office at 1 North Pallant, Chichester, PO19 1TL. Opening Times: 10am – 4pm Monday to Friday and 10am – 1pm Saturday (from 16th November).
Cards can also be purchased online at: www.christmas-cards.org.uk/shipmariners/
About Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society – Since 1839, the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society has provided financial assistance to fishermen and mariners and their dependants who have suffered hardship, misfortune or poverty, as a result of an accident, illness, disability, unemployment or retirement.
The people who they help are mainly retired or permanently disabled seafarers and their widows/partners. Beneficiaries are typically aged 50 and above (although of course we consider enquiries from people of all ages) and have backgrounds in the fishing industry and Merchant Navy. Their sea service may have included time in the Royal Navy as well.