How is the Guild funded?
Individuals can become members of the Guild and pay a monthly or annual donation. Donations are also received from IMarEST members and branches throughout the world and from companies associated with the marine industry. The Guild also sustains a regular income through a diversified investment portfolio and is occasionally the beneficiary of a legacy in remembrance of a loved one.
Membership of the Guild commits you to an ongoing donation in the form of an annual subscription or a lifetime membership.
Annual – £15.00
Lifetime – £250.00
To join please download and complete the membership form and send to the address as detailed.
Donations make a huge difference to the lives of those in need within the marine community and their families.
- ‘I am absolutely indebted to the Guild for all their financial assistance provided over the past few years, without which my life would have been unimaginable; receiving that extra grant every quarter took the pressure off paying the priority gas, electricity and water bills and without which I really cannot imagine how I would have managed – huge thanks to yourselves, the Chairman and everyone who donates to may these grants possible!’
- An independent 82-year-old widower who served at sea as a 4th Engineer, living on his own, had an accident while carrying out maintenance on his home. He was hospitalised for a short while where tests showed he was suffering memory loss, possibly dementia and glaucoma was also diagnosed. Shortly after returning home his boiler broke down. Having a very low income, with no savings or debts and the immediate family being unable to assist he could not afford a replacement. The Guild Trustees agreed to cover the cost of the new boiler and its installation. In addition, the Guild made enquiries with other charities and received a contribution from the Shipwrecked Mariners Society towards the cost.
- An ex seafarer and IMarEST member who served at sea for a number of years became unemployed. Being concerned that funds to cover mortgage, bills and food would soon run out he approached the Guild for assistance. The Trustees assisted with a payment of £1,000 as well as covering the cost of a seafarer’s medical certificate. The Guild also offered their advice with respect to other organisations that could be contacted for help including the Seafarers Advice and Information Line, SAIL.
- The Guild has on a few occasions awarded payments through either the Mission to Seafarers, Apostleship of the Sea or the Liverpool Seafarers Centre for seafarers suffering hardship when their vessel was arrested and abandoned by the owners and had received no pay or provision for repatriation. Whilst the International Labour Organisation Maritime Labour Convention 2006 has been ratified by most countries, Flag State assistance does not appear to be enforced in some cases hence immediate help falls to volunteer organisations in the ports.