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Seafarers’ charity unveils events for 2009/10

Seafarers’ charity unveils events for 2009/10
Mr Jonathan Stoneley

4 March 2009

Scores of guests gathered to attend the Sailors’ Society’s Champagne Reception at Trinity House in London, for its bi-annual launch. The charity’s for 2009 and 2010 were unveiled, including the Deloitte and Sailors’ Society Cycle, due to take place on 10 May 2009, the Dragon Boat Challenge on 27 June 2009 and the Three Peaks Challenge on 18-19 June 2010.

In addition to inviting guests to participate in its own events, the Sailors’ Society encouraged them to consider signing up for the London Marathon 2010, the Great South Run and Adidas Women’s Challenge, to support the charity in its fundraising activities.

The Society’s Reception, sponsored by Cargill, Weathernews Inc. and Trinity House, was also used as a means of thanking the participants from the 2008 Three Peaks Challenge, who were reunited and thanked for their considerable efforts. Challengers had battled against appalling weather conditions to achieve their target of climbing the Three Peaks in 24 hours.

Captain Jonathan Stoneley, Sailors’ Society Trustee and Environment & Compliance Manager for Cargill Ocean Transportation, said: “Cargill is proud to have supported the Sailors’ Society over many years and is pleased to have long-established links with the vital work undertaken to care for the world seafarers. As we all face a difficult year, it is vital that as an industry we continue to support the events, projects and work that the Society undertakes. If the industry at large is suffering, the world’s seafarers will no doubt have a greater need for our support.”

A charity raffle held at the event raised a fantastic £1,295 for the Charity. Raffle prizes were generously contributed by Indian Ocean Cruises, Bounty Arts, Chaucer Syndicates Limited, Cargill, d’Amico Shipping UK Ltd, Inchcape Shipping Services, London Offshore Consultants Limited, Nauticalia, The Nautical Institute, Westminster Dredging Co Ltd and Malcolm Appleby.

Con Carey, Director at Weathernews Inc., said: “Weathernews is the world’s leading private weather content maker. Weathernews is proud to be a sponsor of the Sailors’ Society, whose aim of improving the lives of seafarers we share. We also hope to be able to spread the word of the great work of the Sailors’ Society amongst our extensive global network of shipping clients.”

Following the unveiling of the charity’s events programme, guests were invited to explore the beautiful Trinity House, which overlooks Trinity Gardens, the Merchant Navy Memorials and the Tower of London, and enjoyed networking with friends and colleagues from the shipping and maritime industry.


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Image: Scott Middleton, Weathernews Inc., and Captain Jonathan Stoneley, Cargill Ocean Transportation and Sailors’ Society Trustee. Weathernews Inc. and Cargill kindly sponsored the Reception and Trinity House kindly gave a grant for the use of their fabulous venue.

Notes to Editors:
The Sailors’ Society is an inter-denominational charity which replaces isolation with belonging amongst seafarers throughout the world. Through a network of Port Chaplains and Seafarers’ Centres, operating in 30 countries in almost 100 Ports, the Society aims to enhance and enrich the lives of the 1.2million seafarers who often lead dangerous and lonely lives at sea, many miles from home. The Port Chaplains visit thousands of ships every year, directly addressing the needs of seafarers – irrespective of a person’s belief or nationality.

A reassuring presence for both current and retired seafarers and their families, the Society offers practical help, which can be as little as the resource to contact loved ones after months away, to spiritual assistance and counselling in times of need. Port Chaplains focus on improving the quality of seafarers’ lives, as well as maintaining vital links within the Ports that they operate.

For more information on the Society, please visit, or contact Nikki Jenns at Logical Creative Marketing on: 0845 345 69 69 or email:


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