Polaris has made a Christmas donation to its nominated charity Liverpool Seafarers Centre.
Polaris managing director Ben Pinnington dropped off a collection of chocolates, books, puzzles, deodorant, shower gel, shampoo, toothbrushes and toothpaste at LSC’s Crosby headquarters on behalf of the Polaris team with his family. Polaris also provides pro bono PR and marketing services to LSC.
“We are very passionate about supporting Liverpool Seafarers Centre and wanted to make a donation of specific items which the charity had requested,” he said. “Seafarers are the forgotten heroes of the covid pandemic delivering 95pc of UK trade. As an island nation we are dependent on the silent invisible army of brave, selfless men and women mostly from India and the Philippines for our food, fuel and clothes as well as exporting most of our produce and manufactured goods. They work far from home without seeing their families for long periods in one of the most dangerous professions on the planet. The immense challenges they already face have been exacerbated by covid which has created a crew change crisis with the IMO estimating 400,000 seafarers are unable to return home and a further 400,000 are stuck at home unable to work and earn.”
Liverpool Seafarers Centre is aiming to put together 500 individual gifts this Christmas, an increase on the usual 300 it gives to seafarers.
LSC is receiving donations throughout Christmas and New Year including unwanted Christmas presents, warm hats, gloves, new DVDs, chocolate and toiletries at its Crosby and Eastham, Wirral centres. www.liverpoolseafarerscentre.org/contact/
Seafarer mental health
* There are more than 1.2m seafarers at sea, according to UK Chamber of Shipping<https://ukchamberofshipping.com/latest/uk-chamber-shipping-writes-uk-pm-crew-changes/
* Most seafarers work a typical contract length of nine months, but many have now been at sea for up to 15 months due to the pandemic, working on average 10-12 hours a day.
* Charitable organisation Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) says seafarers face isolation, sleep disruption, exhaustion. A recent survey revealed that 1/5 seafarers had thought of self-harm.
* HRAS reported an ‘unprecedented’ flow of pleas about non-payment of wages, contracts being renewed without consent, and crews being left in foreign ports without money or flights home. The organisation and LSC have each formally called on governments to recognise seafarers as key workers