Mark Johnson, Crosby Herald, 10 February 2011
"Liverpool Seafarers Centre works on the frontline to give seafarers respite from weeks, even months at sea, away from home and loved ones, and to provide the resources to link families spread across the globe."
Cherie Blair has backed the Liverpool Seafarers Centre in support of the vital work they do.
Waterloo-raised lawyer Mrs Blair, who is the wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, said it is “vital” to back the organisation.
The registered charity exists to support of seafarers and the vital work they do.
Mrs Blair, 56, said: “The maritime industry is a lifeline to the UK, and the support we give to seafarers is vital.
“Liverpool Seafarers Centre works on the frontline to give seafarers respite from weeks, even months at sea, away from home and loved ones, and to provide the resources to link families spread across the globe.
“I grew up in my grandparents’ house, where my grandfather, a merchant seaman, was away at sea for weeks at a time.
“So I know how difficult that separation can be for everyone in the family.
“I know, too, how important the docks and its seafaring heritage are to the city of Liverpool, and that’s another reason why I am a great supporter of Liverpool Seafarers Centre and its work.”
There has been a Seafarers Mission in Liverpool since 1856, and the work that started when it was established is still carried out today.
Around 95 per cent of UK trade is transported by sea.
The seafarers’ work provides vital supplies of food and oil, and a thousand other essential items.
Dangerous seas, pirates, harsh conditions, loneliness and isolation are just some of the issues seafarers face.
They may be away from home for many months at a time, enduring separation from family and loved ones.
Liverpool Seafarers Centre, based on Crosby Road South, Seaforth, provides information and advice, practical help, care and friendship, communications facilities, transport, recreation, and financial aid when necessary.
To view the Liverpool Seafarers Centre website click here