Seafarers’ charity to benefit from ale sale –

Seafarers’ charity to benefit from ale sale Published:  21 August, 2007

For every pint of beer sold, five pence will be donated to Seafarers UK

SEAFARERS UK, the national charity for people who have worked at sea, has developed a new beer with London-based brewer Fuller, Smith & Turner P.L.C., which will benefit seafarers who are in need.

For every pint sold, five pence will be donated to Seafarers UK. The launch will coincide with around fifty “Seafarers Swig” events in which supporters will hold fundraising quizzes and parties.

Gales Seafarers Ale will be available in September, on draught in selected Fuller’s, Gales and free trade pubs, as part of Fuller’s Autumn Beer Festival, which involves a different special beer for each of the three months of the season. It is the first time a charity has benefited from the event.

Seafarers UK gives grants to organisations that work directly with serving and former members of the Royal Navy, Merchant Navy and fishing fleets and their families. Their Chairman, Surgeon Vice Admiral Ian Jenkins, said: “I am thrilled that Fuller’s is supporting the work of Seafarers UK by producing this delicious new ale.

“The money raised from the sale of every pint will mean a great deal to those people who have devoted their lives to working at sea and who have fallen on unfortunate times.

“As an island nation, we depend on seafarers for our defence, food and consumer goods. Many elderly, injured and homeless seafarers and their families and widows now rely on charitable help. By buying a pint of Seafarers Ale, or taking part in a Seafarers Swig you are contributing vital aid to those in need.”

John Roberts, managing director of The Fuller’s Beer Company, added:

“We’re delighted to carry on the tradition of supporting our nation’s seafarers, and I personally can’t think of a more enjoyable way to do your bit for charity.”

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