Festive cheer delivered to sailors

Sailors who might have been feeling lonely at sea over the Christmas period received festive packages from a North East business.

Thursday, 9th January 2020, 8:15 am
North Claims Executive Holly Hughes delivers Christmas packages to sailors working on the NORDIC ACE.
North Claims Executive Holly Hughes delivers Christmas packages to sailors working on the NORDIC ACE.

Leading marine insurer North partnered with seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) to donate more than 100 shoeboxes to sailors visiting the Port of Tyne last month.

The shoeboxes included gifts and tasty treats, as well as some practical items, such as toiletries and warm clothing.

Holly Hughes, claims executive of North, said: “For many of us, the Christmas break is filled with family, fun and festivity, however for those working on ships, it can often be a lonely and isolated time of year.

“Around 90 per cent of world trade is transported by ship and sailors may spend up to 12 months at a time on board, separated from their family and loved ones.

“We therefore think it is important to remember those seafarers who are away from home and our Christmas shoeboxes are a small token of appreciation to let them know that they are being thought of and to hopefully bring some much needed festive cheer.”

Paul Atkinson, AoS port chaplain for Blyth & Tyne, said “Our sailors work tirelessly to bring us food, fuel and supplies throughout the year, however they are often forgotten about over the festive period.

“It’s great then that companies such as North can provide us with kind donations, such as the Christmas shoeboxes, that will make such a difference to those working offshore.”