Sea shanty group raise money for seafarers in need – Fishupdate.com

Sea shanty group raise money for seafarers in need Published:  25 January, 2012

Cornish sea shanty group Stamp and Go will be raising money for the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, which supports seafarers in need, with the launch of their latest CD on 1st  February.

The event to be held at The Seiners Hotel in Perranporth will see the group perform songs from their new CD entitled ‘Sail Away’ which celebrates the lives of those who work in the maritime industry, before guest performers take to the stage to tell stories connected to the sea.

Stamp and Go, who perform regularly at festivals across the South West and have their own Sunday afternoon Shanty Festival on Perranporth Beach at the end of April each year, are becoming regular supporters of the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, having starred in the charity’s underwater photography exhibition ‘Celebrations of the Sea’ at the end of last year.

The group also performed at Weymouth Sea Life centre at the opening of the exhibition which featured celebrities and ordinary people whose lives were dominated by the sea.

The Society, which gives financial support to retired seafarers and their families, awarded regular and one-off grants worth in excess of £1.5 million in 2,644 cases of need last year.

Commodore Malcolm Williams, Chief Executive of the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, said: “The Society handled 729 new applications for assistance last year suggesting help for the retired seafaring community is still very much needed. It is therefore fantastic to receive on-going support from Stamp and Go to allow us to continue providing financial assistance to seafarers across the South West.”

Stuart Thorn, one of the six members of Stamp and Go, said the group were pleased to be able to support the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society.

“We became aware of the Society’s work through the ‘Celebrations of the Sea’ exhibition and since then we’ve been delighted to lend our support wherever possible. We are all connected to the sea through our love of sea shanties, maritime history and Cornwall so there is a real synergy with the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society which does fantastic work in the area supporting seafarers in need.”

Those attending the event on 1 February at 7pm at The Seiners are asked to make a £10 donation which will go to the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society and in return will receive a sea food dinner and an evening of entertainment.

For more information about the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society or Stamp and Go visit www.shipwreckedmariners.org.uk or www.stamp-and-go.co.uk