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Case studies

• While her husband was still serving at sea, a woman who was living in a tent with her two sons contacted Seafarer Support. Having been made homeless due to her landlord selling the property, the woman was unsure who to turn to for help because she had been allocated accommodation through the local authority but was in desperate need of financial assistance to help with moving costs and essential household items. She was assigned a SSAFA caseworker and urgent requests for assistance were sent out by Seafarer Support to various maritime charities. Thanks to the generosity of the Nautilus Welfare Fund, the woman and her family received a grant to be able move into their new home and purchase essential furniture and white goods.

• A young mother with 2 pre-school children contacted Seafarer Support after their father tragically died and the mother was very worried about her children’s future.

• She needed urgent financial help along with assistance for clothing and white goods. Thanks to the generosity of the Sailors Children Society they were offered ongoing support with a monthly grant and the opportunity for holiday breaks. Seafarers Hospital Society also provided funds for a washer/ dryer and the Guild of Benevolence of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology awarded them a generous grant. Thanks to SSAFA caseworkers and Seafarer Support this young family have been able to access the various Merchant Navy charities and move forward with their lives.