Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society launches Christmas Card Appeal

The Mayor of Chichester, Councillor Alan Chaplin, launched the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society 2013 Christmas Card Appeal when he met local volunteers who are running the Society’s Christmas card shop at its premises in Chichester.

This year’s collection of cards exclusively available from the Society features many attractive maritime scenes along with more traditional and contemporary festive images.

The profit generated through the sale of cards will go directly to help those who have spent their lives at sea or who have been involved in a shipwreck, to ensure they, and their families, enjoy the standard of living they deserve.

Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society Chief Executive, Commodore Malcolm Williams, said: ‘We were delighted to welcome the Mayor of Chichester to launch our annual Christmas Card Appeal. The support of people locally, and across the country, will help us to continue to help those from the seafaring community who are desperately in need. All cards purchased made make a vital contribution towards our often life-changing work.’

Founded in 1839 the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society will celebrate its 175th anniversary in 2014. Its aim is to provide financial help to ex-merchant seafarers, fishermen and their dependants who are suffering hardship or distress. In the last year grants totalling £1.46 million were given in 2,313 cases of need.

Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society is one of more than 70 maritime welfare charities and other organisations supported by annual grants of £2.5 million paid by Seafarers UK.

To purchase cards please visit the charity’s website, phone 01243 789329 to request a catalogue, or visit the Society’s shop at 1 North Pallant, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1TL (open 10am–4pm Monday to Friday and 10am–1pm Saturday).



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