Southampton Itchen MP Royston Smith visited local charity Sailors’ Society to find out more about its work in the UK and internationally. The charity, which is based at the former Conservative social club in Woolston, works around the world supporting seafarers and their families.
Royston said: “It was great to find out more about the fantastic work Sailors’ Society does around the world, supporting seafarers and their families. Southampton is a key international shipping hub and with Sailors’ Society based here we’re helping to look after seafarers as well as the cargo they carry.”
Sailors’ Society works internationally to provide practical, emotional and spiritual welfare support to the world’s 1.6m seafarers, regardless of background or faith. The charity’s chaplains and ship visitors have a presence in 91 global ports, with wider projects and services covering 30 countries.
Stuart Rivers, Sailors’ Society CEO said: “It was a pleasure to show Royston around and we really appreciate his support, especially in our 200th anniversary year.
“Life at sea can be rewarding but tough, with long periods away from family and friends.
“When things go wrong, seafarers can find themselves very isolated. In situations like this, we are there to support them, and with the help of Royston and others, we’ll continue to grow and expand the ways in which we can do this.”