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Ince Group Charitable Foundation lends a helping hand to seafarers in crisis

Ince Group Charitable Foundation is lending its support to maritime charity Sailors’ Society’s new Sea Change Fund, pledging £30,000 to helping seafarers in crisis.

The Foundation is donating £10,000 per year for the next three years towards the grant fund, with additional support from Ince Global Senior Partner, Julian Clark, who has committed a personal annual donation of £5,000.

Sara Baade, Sailors’ Society’s CEO, said: “Since the pandemic hit, we’ve seen requests for support increase, with sickness, unemployment and bereavement leaving rising numbers of seafaring families, who are often from deprived areas of the world to start with, struggling to put food on the table.

“Our new Sea Change Fund will help provide urgent financial assistance for those in desperate need, whether to pay for food, medical bills, schooling or even a roof over their heads. We’re extremely grateful to the Ince Group Charitable Foundation for being our founder funders and to Julian Clark for making this long term, personal commitment. We would be delighted to talk with any other companies or individuals who would also like to help our keyworkers of the sea by supporting the Sea Change Fund.”

Sailors’ Society launched the fund in response to the huge increase in calls for the charity’s help, with demand for grants increasing by 850 per cent in the first 18 months of the pandemic.

Julian Clark, Global Senior Partner at Ince said: “I am both honoured and delighted to have been able to make this contribution to such a worthy cause. It also makes me feel very proud to be the Senior Partner of Ince. For far too long our seafarers have been invisible outside the direct shipping community and yet every one of us benefits every day from the work they do and the dangers they face. It is vital that their key role is recognised and that they are protected both at sea and ashore.”

Grants are made via application and can assist with a range of pressing welfare needs, including help with vital bills like food and medicine, education costs, or in emergency situations such as natural disasters or cases of abandonment.
Source: Ince Group

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