Our work with the Fishermen’s Mission is often un-quantifiable. I was reminded of this the other day when I met a fishermen’s widow. Sharon’s husband Jim, a former fisherman, died last year, I had the privilege of conducting his funeral. Having visited Sharon a few times after the funeral she assured me that she wasn’t in need of any help from the Fishermen’s Mission as she was going to continue her employment. Over the past eight months or so I called at Sharon’s home a few times and left messages on her phone, but was unable to contact her.
Whilst I was collecting for Fishermen’s Mission outside Tesco on Fish Friday, 7th July, Sharon greeted me with a cheery hello and a beaming smile, it was as if we had last seen one another only a few days before! We chatted for some time, she is missing Jim, and doesn’t find things easy, but she assured me she was managing OK. I reminded her that if ever she felt the need of help, the Fishermen’s Mission would be there to help in any way we could. Re-affirming our core values of being there for fishermen and their families, offering emotional and welfare support 24/7, is a vital part of our continuing relationship with the fishing community and maintaining contact, no matter how insignificant it may seem, is of vital importance.
Supt Marian Dixon