Friars Pride is an independent family owned company, established over 40 years ago in Peterborough. The company has a heritage stretching back to 1898 and the manufacturing and refining of fats and oils. Today, the company spans three generations and primarily supplies Fats & Oils, Frozen Foods, Ambient Foods and Fish into the Fish & Chip, Catering and Bakery sectors. We have grown to become a premier supplier with a fleet of almost 60 vehicles delivering to the Midlands, South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, the East, the South, the South East and the South West of England.
We helped 786 widows, met with 3,300 fishermen and helped fishermen access grants totalling £878,335 last year because of you; so this is where we say ‘thank you’ and put our supporters in the spotlight!
Our important work is only possible because of you. The Fishermen’s Mission is deeply grateful to every one of our devoted friends and corporate supporters across the UK.
Your generosity ensures our Mission Port Officers are there when fishermen and their families face times of need – 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
If you’d like to become a corporate supporter, we’d love to welcome you into the Fishermen’s Mission family. Please just get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01489 566910.
Supporters in the spotlight!
Here are just some of our wonderful corporate friends who provide invaluable support:
English’s have been avid supporters of the Fishermen’s Mission since 2013 raising incredible funds for the charity through a voluntary donation added to their Sussex Ale Battered Fish & Chips. And were awarded the Fishermen’s Mission restaurant of the year award in 2015 at the yearly AGM. English’s of Brighton is the oldest seafood restaurant in Brighton, and you’ll find them in the heart of the Lanes, nestled amongst its famous winding streets. The Leigh-Jones family have been at English’s since 1945, and they’ve seen some familiar faces come and go, as see on their wall of fame where you’ll find signed photographs of Charlie Chaplin, Lily Savage and Judy Dench, amongst others - or ask their staff about the ghostly gentlemen in an oversized top hat that can sometimes be seen walking through the kitchens.
Ish Fish was created with a mission to change the way people eat fish. We passionately believe in the nutritional value of sustainable, fresh seafood and want to make ordering and delivering fish as easy as possible. We work with trusted fish merchants to select, box up and deliver fish straight to you so you can enjoy great tasting, nutritious meals at home.
Succorfish deliver the most comprehensive, next generation, monitoring and data transfer solutions for land, marine, tactical assets and personnel applications. We have worked in the marine technology sector for over 10 years and are a key supplier of market-leading technology to the fisheries industry. From our UK base on North Shields Fish Quay and manufacturing facility in San Diego, California our skilled team work directly with fishermen to identify ways in which technology can improve day to day fishing operations for commercial and recreational fishermen. Our goal is always to work with fisherman, for fisherman to create simple fit for purpose technology that adds value to their business.
SUCCORFISH support the Fishermen’s Mission through being a subscribed ambassador for the charity and are part of the Mission 100 club.
Papas have been serving Fish & Chips since 1966 and have accrued many awards along the way. Looking to give back to the industry and the community, Papas are always looking at new ways to support the Fishermen’s Mission through fundraising initiatives such as the Batter Bucket Challenge.
KFE MD Paul Williams started the company in 1996 in a bedroom above his family’s fish and chip shop in Market Deeping. Today we’re very proud to say that our family business is the range company of choice for award winning fish and chip shops. With our nationwide sales and engineering team and our School of Frying Excellence, we’ve brought together an incredible mix of talented and knowledgeable individuals, allowing us to offer an unrivalled package of quality, reliability and expertise to the Fish and Chip frying range market. Another member of the Fish & Chip industry family KFE have been incredible supporters of the Fishermen’s Mission in the past, with recent years seeing them adopting a national fundraiser on behalf of the Fishermen’s Mission called KFE on a Mission which in 2019 raised over £14,000 for the charity.
NEODA is another member of the Fish & Chip industry from whom the Fishermen’s Mission receive support and awareness. Each year NEODA host “National Fish & Chip Day” which is an industry wide celebration of the dish and helps raise funds for the charity. The National Edible Oil Distributors’ Association (NEODA) was established in 1947. Its members include edible oil and fats refiners, processors, distributors and waste oil collectors (who also sell fresh oil) It also covers manufacturers and suppliers of non-oil products (including batter mix, sausages, packaging, potato preservatives) and other industry bodies.
Seafish is a Non-Departmental Public Body set up to support the £10 billion UK seafood industry.
We know that seafood is the way forward for business, for our communities, our environment and for our health and personal well-being. Our vision is for a thriving UK seafood industry and we offer a unique, industry-wide outlook working in partnership with all parts of the seafood industry across the UK. This includes everyone involved in the seafood journey - from when it’s caught to when it’s bought – fishermen, processors, wholesales, food service, retailers and consumers.
Through a strong working partnership, Seafish offer industry support, resources and awareness to the Fishermen’s Mission, and through the National Fish & Chip Awards, hosted by Seafish, they also help raise valuable funds for the charity.
North Atlantic Fishing Company, a subsidiary of the Dutch family-owned multi-national, Cornelis Vrolijk Group was established in the UK in 1984. We own and operate the British registered fishing vessels Cornelis Vrolijk Fzn and Northern Joy from our two UK offices in Caterham and Hull.
The Saucy Fish Co are part of the SeaChill fish production family which in turn forms one of the biggest producers of fish in the UK. The Saucy Fish Co support the Fishermen’s Mission through being a subscribed ambassador for the charity and are part of the Mission 100 club.
The relationship between the Fishermen’s Mission and the Fish & Chip industry is very special and the Fishermen’s Mission are proud to be an associate members of the NFFF. The National Federation of Fish Fryers (NFFF) is the official body that represents the fish and chip industry, protects the interests of fish friers and their businesses, and promotes the fish and chip brand. Their organisation is run by fish friers, for fish friers - and to thier members, they are the 5th emergency service!
We are incredibly fortunate to partner with the team at the “Nyetimber Dorset Seafood Festival” A visit to the award winning atmospheric Festival offers an amazing opportunity to gain a better understanding of the superb seafood available to us just off our wonderful shores. Free to attend, our much loved event pops up around Weymouth’s famous historic harbour-side. offering English Sparkling Wine and seafood, family entertainment. The Nyetimber Dorset Seafood Festival helps raise awareness and money for the Fishermen’s Mission charity.
Celebrated chef, restaurateur and food writer Mark Hix is known for his original take on British gastronomy. After 17 years as Chef Director at Caprice Holdings, he opened his first restaurant in 2008 – the distinguished HIX Oyster & Chop House in Farringdon. Following the success of Chop House Mark opened HIX Mayfair, HIX Soho and his chicken and steak concept restaurants Tramshed in Shoreditch, and Hixter Bankside. In autumn of 2015 Mark opened his first stand-alone bar in The Old Vic theatre, offering a late-night venue in Waterloo. Mark hosts an annual food festival in Lyme Regis, Food Rocks to showcase the best producers and suppliers in Dorset and surrounding areas. 50% of the proceeds raised at this festival are donated to the Fishermen’s Mission.
For many years the family and friends of Whitby Seafoods have embraced the Fishermen’s Mission, raising much needed funds through event donations, marathons and even inhouse bike rides. In addition to this Whitby Seafoods support the Fishermen’s Mission through being a subscribed ambassador for the charity and are part of the Mission 100 club. Graham Whittle founded Whitby Seafoods back in 1985. He now steers the ship with help from his daughter, Laura, and sons Edward and Daniel. “We catch our beautiful British scampi off the coast of the British Isles and we responsibly source other seafood from locations around the world. We’ve even won a couple of Great Taste awards”
Since opening its doors in April 2018 Cornerstone have been fantastic supporters of the Fishermen’s Mission and have adopted our restaurant card appeal which adds £1.00 to each bill, with the proceeds coming to the Fishermen’s Mission. Cornerstone is located in Hackney Wick and it’s owned and run by Chef Tom Brown. The menu has been inspired by the spirit of sharing plates and is made of simple, but sophisticated, seafood dishes which change daily. At Cornerstone, they care about being sustainable and our menu showcases seasonal offerings, carefully sourced from the best fishermen and producers across the UK. The restaurant has an open kitchen, a beautiful marble-topped bar, where guests can sit and watch our talented chefs cooking their food. “Our goal is to serve the best food and drinks in a refined, but relaxed setting delivering a unique and exceptional experience.”
The Morrisons Foundation have provided valuable funds to enable the Fishermen’s Mission to train it’s staff in First Aid Mental Health enabling us to provide a much needed addition to our Welfare services.
The Morrisons Foundation supports charities making a positive difference in local communities across England, Scotland and Wales. They award grants for charity projects and match fund the money that Morrisons colleagues raise for their chosen charities. The Morrisons Foundation grant funding supports charities delivering projects which help to improve people’s lives. From support groups to children’s hospitals and homeless shelters to hospices, our grants provide vital funding for good causes across England, Scotland and Wales
Handcrafted in Aldeburgh, between the sea and the salt marshes, Fishers infuses foraged local herbs and coastal botanicals that captures some of the wild and forgotten flavours of the English coastline. Our founder, Andrew Heald, whose family has lived and worked in and around this small costal town was inspired to capture the unique character and natural beauty of the local landscape. It’s this rich heritage of life untamed that we’ve captured with Fishers Gin. Together with James Firth, our botanist, they worked together to revive ingredients long thought extinct. Fishers is unique and a true reflection of the authentic English coast
FishWorks is an award winning London restaurant group, with locations in Swallow Street and Marylebone doing what they do best – sourcing, preparing and serving the freshest and best seafood in town. they believe the secret to perfect seafood is cooking it simply and seasonally. Work closely with their suppliers, talking directly with fishing boats and South Coast fish markets who deliver the freshest catch daily.
FishWorks are fantastic supporters and donate £1.00 from the “Zuppa del Pescatore” dish on their menu to the Fishermen’s Mission.
Seafarers UK is a charity that helps people in the maritime community, by providing vital funding to support seafarers in need and their families.
Seafarers UK has donated money to the Fishermen's Mission and our projects which have helped us make a real difference in people's lives across the fishing industry. Last year Seafarers UK gave grants totalling nearly £2.5 million to more than 70 maritime welfare charities and organisations.
Trinity House deal with the safety of shipping, and the well-being of seafarers, have been our prime concerns ever since Trinity House was granted a Royal Charter by Henry VIII in 1514 and have supported the Fishermen's Mission for many years.
The society was founded in 1839 and continue to provide financial support to retired or permanently disabled seafarers and their widow/partners in cases of need. With a volunteering network of over 200 honorary agents throughout the British Isles, the society handles several hundred new applications for assistance each year and distributes over £1 million in dealing with over 2,500 cases.
The Fishmongers’ Company is one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London, and among the most ancient of the City Guild. For over 700 years, as well as fostering the fellowship among their members, they have upheld standards in the trading of fish and shellfish and supported the fisheries industry.
Merchant Navy Welfare Board, support the provision of quality welfare services for seafarers and their dependants. They also help to improve the effectiveness of all those charities caring for merchant seafarers, fishermen and their dependants and this is done irrespective of nationality, religion or ethnic background.
Families come to The Sailors Children’s Society after a traumatic event such as bereavement, diagnosis of terminal illness or the breakdown of a marital relationship. They provide ongoing support for the children until the family is again self-sufficient or until the children have left full time education. All the families we help are in a means of tested benefit which ensures we only help those in most need.
Dorset Community Foundation primarily work with individuals donors and corporate donors to help them create charitable funds that reflect their personal values and interests. They do this by providing expert philanthropy advice and an independent insight into the social issues and causes they care about.
The Cornwall Community Foundation is an organisation that aims to improve the lives of others in Cornwall, those who are isolated, disadvantage and vulnerable.
As a foundation, they have the expertise and local knowledge to help donors support the local causes and charities they are about, enabling them to make an impact through their giving. they identify issues of importance to our donors and award small grants to grass roots, front line, volunteer led organisations on their behalf – making a real difference to people’s lives in across Cornwall.
In August 2013 The Fishwives Choir launched their first single, totally in support of the Fishermen’s Mission. The Fishwives Choir was formed by Jane Dolby following the loss of her fisherman husband, Colin, at sea. The Fishermen’s Mission supported her, her children and the wider family. Jane said, "I could never have survived without the Fishermen’s Mission. They were there for me in my darkest hour.
Henry Colbecks offers us fantastic support in South East Scotland. As they deliver their products to fish and chip shops, their team take the full Albert collection boxes and leave an empty one behind. They drop these into our Centre in Troon where our army of volunteers count and bank the funds – what a team! They have also helped to distribute posters to the fish and chip shops that are wanting to donate the 5p carrier bag tax to the Fishermen’s Mission.
Duncan and Sue Lucas are great friends to the Fishermen’s Mission. "It’s a pleasure to support the Fishermen’s Mission throughout the year with many events from seafood festivals to large demonstrations or auctioning our fish displays," Duncan said. "Every penny that Sue and I raise supports the people that actually go out to sea and risk their lives. I encourage everyone to pull together to help the Fishermen’s Mission."
We have a close affinity with the Fishermen’s Mission with many of our shops in towns with strong fishing communities and traditions. We’re really pleased to raise money for them and we’re looking forward to seeing how much more we can help.
It was a brilliant event and Frankie’s management and staff are delighted with the support we received from the local community. This has enabled us to donate to the Fishermen’s Mission, which provides so well to the men who risk their lives every day in order for us to have delicious local fresh seafood on our menus.
We are proud to have Tesco as sponsors of our National Fundraising Day, Fish Friday. Every Fish Friday since 2011 Tesco have donated a proportion of their Counter Sales to the Fishermen’s Mission. Fish Friday also sees the fresh fish counters at many Tesco stores with spectacular displays and the staff in fishy fancy dress to make is a fun filled fabulous Fish Friday. Many thanks to Tesco for their amazing continued support.
Working as a fisherman is a dangerous and lonely job. The Fishermen’s Mission makes sure it knows the hardship fishermen and their families face and therefore exactly how to help them.
I'm really pleased to be able to support the work of The Fishermens' Mission and grateful to our customers who were willing to give to this worthy cause. We tend to forget that our fishermen put themselves in very real danger every time they go out to sea. Without the dedication and hard work of these men, many of whom have a family history of fishing, we would be unable to enjoy cooking and eating the fantastic fish and seafood that they catch.