Membership of the Guild commits you to an ongoing donation in the form of an annual subscription or a lifetime membership.
Annual fee – £25
Lifetime – £300 (one off payment)
To join the Guild, please download the Membership Application Form and send it to the address as detailed.
Giving by legacy
This is a simple form of legacy giving a specified amount of money to a named individual or organisation and is easy to administer. However, it does have the drawback in that inflation will reduce the monetary value of such a legacy.
If a person is a beneficiary under a Will, all or part of the inheritance may be transferred to the Guild by means of a ‘Deed of Variation’.
Amounts transferred in this manner are free from inheritance tax, thus giving the Guild the opportunity of benefitting during that persons lifetime.
Decide which type of the above gifts you would like to leave for the Guild and consult with your chosen Solicitor. You must arrange for your Solicitor or friends or family to act as executors of your estate.
The Honorary Secretary
Guild of Benevolence of the IMarEST
1 Birdcage Walk
London, SW1H 9JJ
How do I apply for support?
We want to reach those who need our help as quickly as possible, while making it as straightforward as possible.
1. Complete a financial assistance form
This is to confirm either your details of sea service as a marine engineer or the person on whom eligibility will be based, or Membership of the IMarEST. Providing supporting evidence of sea service such as a Discharge Book, Certificate of Competency or Service will help speed up the consideration process, as less time will be spent verifying history.
2. Provide details of your financial situation
Income and expenditure, savings and any other information that can help the Guild Trustees to make a decision on your circumstances will be appreciated.
3. Expect to receive a home visit
This will be either from a Guild Trustee, a Nautilus caseworker, or a representative from SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity, who will help you in completing the application form.
If we are unable to help, you will be informed quickly and, if possible, will be advised of other organisations that might be able to assist you.
All information provided is treated in the strictest confidence in accordance with GDPR, and will not be passed on to any other beneficiary organisations without your express permission.
Who qualifies for help?
- Any individual professionally engaged, now or in the past, in the marine sector as an engineer, scientist or technologist at a level eligible for IMarEST membership as a Fellow, Member or Associate
- Marine and electrical engineers, mercantile or naval, who possess or have possessed Certificates of Competency or Service issued by the relevant governmental administrations, or equivalent qualifications
- Marine engineers who possess or have possessed STCW Convention equivalent Class 1 or Class 2 Certificates of Competency issued by an IMO-recognised national maritime authority or Certificate of Competency issuing agency
- Past and present members or employees of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) or of the Guild of Benevolence
- Wives, husbands, partners, widows, widowers, dependent children or other dependent relatives of any person qualifying under any of the above categories
The Committee has sole discretion to decide who is eligible for relief and whether or not they are covered by the above descriptions.
Donations make a huge difference to the lives of those in need within the marine community and their families.
An independent 82 year-old widower who served at sea as a Fourth 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, with glaucoma also being 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 it's installation. In addition, the Guild made enquiries with other charities and received a contribution from the Shipwrecked Mariners Society towards the cost.
I am absolutely indebted to the Guild for all their financial assistance provided over the past few years. Without it my life would have been unimaginable; receiving that extra grant every quarter took the pressure off paying the 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 make these grants possible!
An ex-seafarer and IMarEST member who served at sea for a number of years became unemployed.
Being concerned that funds to cover his 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 a Board of Trustees and the management of the affairs of the Guild are under the control of the Board.
The Trustees are elected by members of the Guild. The Trustees carry out the administrative work with the help of an administrator and services provided by the IMarEST. The rules of the Guild can be accessed here.
The Annual Report and Financial Statements for 2022 are now available to download.