Seafarers UK is a charity that helps people in the maritime community by providing vital funding to support seafarers in need and their families. Money is given to organisations and projects that make a real difference to people’s lives across the Merchant Navy, Fishing Fleets, Royal Navy and Royal Marines. In 2014, more than 170,000 individual beneficiaries across the UK and Commonwealth were helped, 93 grants totalling £2.5 million being made.The charities and their services funded have a direct and positive impact on the lives and well-being of individuals, their families and their local communities. Seafarers UK receives no government funding and heavily depends on public donations and legacies to maintain its grant-making programme. Seafarers Awareness Week is the principal promotional activity each year while in 2016, the Jutland Concert will commemorate the major naval engagement of the First World War: see 'Events' for details. Grants are provided to specialist maritime charities and organisations, often small local ones, that are working to help serving and ex-serving seafarers and their families who are experiencing hardship. Seafarers UK's key aim is to provide sustainable funding and improve the quality of life for those in greatest need. Notably, Seafarers UK is the only grant-making charity that assesses the welfare need across the whole of the maritime sector. This enables funding to be targeted efficiently and effectively to those in greatest need. Formerly known as King George's Fund for Sailors, Seafarers UK is a Registered Charity in England and Wales, No. 226446, incorporated under Royal Charter. Registered in Scotland: SC038191.
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