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Last year the Society helped former seafarers, their widows and dependants in over 2,000 cases of need, distributing grants totalling over £1.4 million which made a huge difference to their quality of life.
There are five main types of grant provided by the Society:
Biannual Grants are given twice each year to retired or permanently disabled fishermen, mariners, or their widows, whose situation means they require regular financial support. A minimum of 10 years of sea service is required.
Death Benefit Grants are a single grant paid to the widow of a Life Member of the Society under the former beneficial membership scheme.
Immediate Grants are given to widows and children left in need following the death of a serving fisherman or mariner.
One-off grants are given to fishermen, mariners, or their widows and children, who do not qualify for a Biannual Grant, but who have a specific need. A minimum of five years’ sea service is required.
These are awarded to the next-of-kin if they meet the qualifying criteria for a one-off grant subject to their having applied for and received a DWP funeral grant.
Practical (and where appropriate financial) assistance is offered to shipwrecked survivors landed on the coasts of Great Britain and Ireland.
If you would like to apply for assistance, know someone who needs help, or would like to find out more, please contact a member of our grants team who will be happy to help you.
Call 01243 787761 or click to view and print a preliminary enquiry form. If you would like us to post you a copy of the form, please get in touch. (Please note: applications for assistance can only be accepted from the UK and Ireland).
If you would like to support the work of the Shipwrecked Mariners Society, please visit our donations page.