Jim Fitzpatrick MP has wished UK-based maritime charity Sailors’ Society a happy 200th birthday at a meeting at Westminster.
The Poplar and Limehouse MP said: “It was great to meet with Sailors’ Society to hear about all the fantastic work they do for seafarers around the globe.
“With 90 per cent of our goods arriving in the UK by sea, seafarers play an important role in keeping our economy moving. It’s great to see Sailors’ Society looking out for seafarers and I wish them a very happy birthday.”
Sailors’ Society’s advocacy manager Jon Foster said: “MPs have a long history of supporting the charity’s work, and we are grateful to Jim for continuing this tradition in our bicentenary year.”
The organisation was founded on 18 March 1818 to minister to the needs of destitute seafarers returning home from the Napoleonic Wars.
Sailors’ Society, which is based in Southampton, now works in 29 countries around the world.
It aims to transform the lives of seafarers and their families at home, in port and at sea through the delivery of chaplaincy, education and the relief of poverty and distress.