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This Summers edition of the network includes:

The Effects of COVID-19 and How We’ve Adapted During Lockdown

Not only does Coronavirus affect fishermen due in a number of ways, from a reduction in market prices to the limited ability to go out to sea or meet with buyers, but this has come at a time when fishermen have already faced a long harsh winter with very little work due to the stormy weather we’ve had this year. Fishermen’s Mission staff have
been adjusting to working from home.  Peterhead Superintendent Sandy Garvock has even fashioned a desk from an Ironing board!

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A Letter From Our Business Director Alison Godfrey

In her letter in this edition of the Network, Alison writes:

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Coronavirus Stories: Never Truly Socially Distant

The Fishermen’s Mission Brixham Superintendent, Helen Lovell, explains:

“The coronavirus has temporarily changed our method of working but not our method of caring – always there, always ready to listen, always ready to do the best for our fishing communities.”

Robert, a fisherman from Port Seton, tells us how the Coronavirus has affected his family:

“We just about survived through a harsh winter but now the coronavirus has hit us hard. With no catch to sell, I could not support my wife and our two wee girls.”

Shetland Senior Superintendent Aubrey Jamieson serves a community with hundreds of active and retired fishermen and a huge culture of seafaring. He recalls:

“Recently I travelled to the island of Whalsay to preside at the service of a retired fisherman and his wife who died the same weekend following a happy marriage stretching 69 years…. Next week I will be doing this all again, trying as best I can, to bring comfort and support to families undergoing bereavement in these unprecedented times.”

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Parcels of Kindness

Showing someone they are thought of can make a huge difference to their week. Fishermen’s Mission Lowestoft Senior Superintendent Tim Jenkins joined with new and existing SeaFit partners to deliver 380 Parcels of Kindness to active and retired fishermen in lockdown. Read more>>





Other Stories

Paul, skipper of a prawn trawler in Troon. Paul lives with his wife, Hayley, and their two daughters, Daisy & Luna, wanted to say a special thank you to the Royal Merchant Navy Education Foundation for supplying a new laptop to help with home schooling.

“If it wasn’t for Karen and Paula at the Troon Fishermen’s Mission things could have been very different.”

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We are going up in the world! The Fishermen’s Mission charity shop in Helston, Cornwall, is getting bigger and better!

“We’re moving but staying! We will still be in the heart of Helston, in one of the main shopping areas, but are moving to premises with a much larger retail floor, vastly improved storage areas and great office space for the South West team.”

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