Thursday, July 14, 2016

Shipping Groups Quite Literally Stump Up for Seafarers in Need

Logistics Stakeholders Scale the Heights to Raise Funds
Shipping News Feature
UK – At the beginning of the month, twenty-five teams from shipping companies and others across the UK's maritime and logistics sector took part in the ‘24 Peaks Challenge’, an annual event organised by Seafarers UK which this year saw around 120 participants orienteering across the 24 highest peaks in the Lake District, measuring upwards of 2,400 feet, in just 24 hours. In doing so, they succeeded in raising an incredible £110,000 in support of seafarers in need. Nigel Shattock, Director of Fundraising & Communications at Seafarers UK, said:

“It’s an incredibly tough event, but it’s one of the best team-building experiences out there, with everyone doing their bit to support their team all the way to the end. We are so thankful to all the companies that took part this year, both for their physical commitment and their fantastic fundraising.”

At the post-event awards evening, every team was presented with a certificate and a rousing cheer; but, on the night, Peel Ports (team No.1) received the Top Fundraiser Award, with over £7,500 raised at the time, and Teekay Shipping received the Ambassadors Award for encouraging the most teams from across the industry to sign up to the challenge.

As well as the aforementioned two, others from the shipping community which took part in the Challenge included Bernhard Schulte and its ship management arm, Carisbrooke Shipping, two shipbroking groups, E A Gibson and Braemar ACM plus Africa Express Line and other prominent companies linked directly or indirectly to the industry.

For those who think they might have what it takes to compete in such a gruelling task, see details on next year’s 24 Peaks Challenge, which will take place on July 8-9, 2017, or request further information by emailing hannah.scopp@seafarers-uk.org or phoning 020 7932 5960.

In 2015, Seafarers UK awarded over £3.5 million in grants to charities and organisations involved in providing welfare, or maritime youth services or projects in the UK and overseas. With no statutory funding provided, the charity relies on fundraisers to be able to carry on providing long-term aid that last year gave hope and help to over 170,000 people in need, and their families, including ex-seafarers and veterans, those currently working at sea as well as those training for a career at sea.