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Seafarers charity marks anniversary with London celebration

Christian maritime charity Sailors’ Society celebrated its 198th anniversary at the Salvation Army’s Regent Hall in London ...

Christian maritime charity Sailors’ Society celebrated its 198th anniversary at the Salvation Army’s Regent Hall in London.

The charity works globally to transform the lives of seafarers and their families through the delivery of chaplaincy, education and the relief of poverty.

Chief executive officer, Stuart Rivers, spoke about the charity’s work in 2015 and plans for future expansion.

He said, “Every year is remarkable in some way, but this year has seen Sailors’ Society truly innovate the way in which it transforms the lives of seafarers and their families. Our port chaplains continue to be at the heart of our work, but we have new projects, ranging from apps for seafarers to rebuilding seafaring communities devastated by natural disasters, which are having significant impact.

“It was a joy to come together to celebrate all that we have achieved and look forward to the years to come and our 200th birthday.”

International worship leader and musician Dave Bilbrough performed a number of devotional songs with the Society’s chaplains leading the congregation in prayers and talking about their work in European ports.

Last year, Sailors’ Society chaplains and ship visitors undertook almost 19,000 ship visits, reaching more than 335,000 seafarers.

To find out more about the charity’s work, visit www.sailors-society.org.

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