The Synod presented over 100 hats to Revd Mark Lawson-Jones, Mission to Seafarers Chaplain in South Wales.
Men and women who work at sea can be affected by any number of problems: money worries, mental health issues and loneliness, as well as piracy, shipwreck and abandonment. Many ports have inadequate facilities and the Mission to Seafarers’ Centres give crew access WiFi and SIM cards, a comfortable place to rest and relax, the chance to get food and toiletries, and transport to shops and local amenities. It’s not just practical support that is offered, it is also emotional and sometimes spiritual support too.
One practical thing which can be offered to Seafarers is some warm hats. These knitted items help seafarers during the long, cold days and nights spent on the open seas. Each item of knitted clothing finds a home, and the seafarers they’re matched to are extremely grateful for the extra warmth!
Thank you to all the knitters from our churches who took the time to knit hats for these men and women.