Our chaplains and volunteers understand that it is often the small things that make the biggest difference

Seafarers spend long periods away from their loved ones, so having a SIM card so that they can speak to their families back home can be really important. Many ports are far away from the town centre, so having a lift to the shops can be a real help, or providing a bike so that they can travel there themselves. Sometimes seafarers are not prepared for the harsh weather so providing them with warm clothes can make a huge difference.

It’s hard enough being away from our families for such a long time without having to endure extra hardship. Now we know that we are kitted out to survive, we will never forget our visit to Scotland and the generosity of this wonderful charity.

– Filipino seafarer who was given warm clothes when he arrived in port in Scotland

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