Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Royal Presence Joins with Shipping and Logistics for Mission to Seafarers Annual Event

Princess President to Attend Charity Celebrations for Christmas
Shipping News Feature

UK – The annual Christmas service of the Mission to Seafarers will boast a Royal presence this year in the form of the charity’s President, the Princess Royal. The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols 2013, which will be held on Tuesday 10 December will see attendance by the great and the good of the shipping and logistics sectors plus a bevy of other loyal supporters with a performance by the Lloyd’s Choir, at the Mission’s international headquarters, St Michael Paternoster Royal in the City of London. The service is between 1830-1930 hours and followed by a reception at Skinners Hall.

Lesson readers include: HRH The Princess Royal, Stephen Hammond MP and Shipping Minister, John Nelson Chairman of Lloyd’s of London, Jeremy Penn CEO of The Baltic Exchange, Katharina Stanzel Managing Director of Intertanko, Kuba Szymanski Secretary General of Intermanager; plus the Mission’s Secretary General Revd Andrew Wright, Trustee David Moorhouse, and cruise ship chaplain Revd Colin Still. John Nelson, remarked:

“As the world’s specialist insurance market where members join together to insure risks, we appreciate the work carried out by maritime charities like The Mission to Seafarers. We commend their continued efforts in campaigning for seafarers’ rights, such as in cases of abandonment and supporting crews in their day to day work through ship visiting, emergency assistance and practical support both in port and in their centres around the world. I am looking forward to the Christmas service and hearing Lloyd’s Choir perform in front of HRH the Princess Royal, celebrating the start of the Christmas festivities.”

The Mission to Seafarers has been at the forefront of the response for crews affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, by making free communications available in centres and offering counselling services for seafarers who have been bereaved. Events such as the Christmas Festival help to fund the Mission’s welfare provision for crews. The Lloyd’s choir, founded in 1922, are a vibrant group of around 60 mixed voices from across the City’s financial community and beyond, they will perform for the first time at the Mission and in front of HRH Princess Royal. Jeremy Penn, The Baltic Exchange, commented:

“I am delighted to be invited to read at the Mission service, The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. This event will raise vital funds for the Mission to continue assisting seafarers across the globe. We would encourage shipping companies to come along and support the cause and join us in remembering seafarers and the important role they play in our industry.”

Tickets for this very worthwhile event are on sale now. If you would like to purchase tickets for the Christmas service please contact Rebecca Watson, Corporate Partnerships and Events Assistant: Rebecca.Watson@missiontoseafarers.org  - call 020 7246 2939 - or follow THIS LINK.

Photo: Still from a video showing Storms at Sea courtesy of the Mission to Seafarers.