Seafarers Hospital Society benefits from Annual Dinner donations
Attendees of the UK Chamber of Shipping's Annual Dinner raised £7,660 for the Seafarers' Hospital Society (SHS), the President's nominated charity, at the event on 5th February.
Among other initiatives, the SHS has taken action to tackle mental health issues at sea. Over a year ago, the charity commissioned online service the Big White Wall (BWW) to fill what it perceives as a gap in the support that is available currently.
The BWW is an online mental health and well-being service that is manned by mental health professionals and offers self-help programmes and one-to-one counselling.
Normally there is a charge to access the BWW, but the Seafarers’ Hospital Society is funding free access to the service for seafarers accessing the service in the UK, while in port or onshore.
The charity's Dreadnought initiative provides a priority medical service for seafarers and their dependants, based at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in London.
In its other work, SHS has been funding a free physiotherapy service for working seafarers since 2011. The service is run by Connect Physiotherapy and is available to merchant seafarers and fishermen throughout the UK.
The SHS also provides grants, advice and respite care services for merchant seafarers, fishermen and their families.
You can find out more about the charity and about how you can donate by clicking here.