Fundraising for the Fishermen’s Mission at Saxmundham Chef-proprietor Jonny Nicholson and The Bell At Sax’s guests net a tidy sum for charity

At their landmark restaurant-with-rooms on Saxmundham High Street, the seafood-loving team from The Bell At Sax’ in Saxmundham’s High Street recently presented Tim Jenkins, Mission Area Officer for The Fishermen’s Mission, with a much-appreciated cheque. It will vitally help their work in the region in what is one of the UK’s more dangerous professions, supporting those who labour on fishing boats in all weathers as well as their dependents.

Only part way through their year of fundraising, the first cheque to the Mission of £500 came from The Bell At Sax’ diners choosing designated fish dishes when ordering their meals, which included 50p or a £1 towards this much-loved maritime charity. It was also added to by the blood, sweat and tears of chef-proprietor Jonny Nicholson on a sponsored triathlon over the summer.

Jonny hopes that donations may get up towards the £1,000 mark for a cause he passionately believes in: “We love fish and shellfish here at The Bell and it always goes down so well with our guests on our menu. As seafood stocks dwindle, the fishing boats have to work harder for their catch and the work of The Fishermen’s Mission is called upon ever more. The recession has made it even harder for the families and dependents and we are just so glad to support this worthy charity.”

The Fishermen’s Mission is the only national charity that helps fishermen and their families with pastoral and financial aid in times of hardship, especially after injury or other tragic circumstances, sadly not uncommon in such an industry dealing with unexpected bad weather, heavy machinery, long tiring hours and unstable working conditions.

“The generous efforts of Jonny, his guests and team from The Bell At Sax’ are so appreciated and will help us carry on our essential work to support our sea-fishing fleet. We are the only national charity that looks after current and retired fishing communities” said Tim Jenkins, who looks after the whole East Anglian coast from the Wash to the Thames for The Fishermen’s Mission. “We want to support the fishing industry as much as we can. Our local boats have to go out in harsh weather and their crews are so brave, this is still the most dangerous industry in peacetime, and that’s why we want to support them as best we can. Thanks again to The Bell At Sax’ for its very kind support this year, every pound makes all the difference.”

To donate to The Fishermen’s Mission charity, drop into The Bell At Sax’ or call the Fishermen’s Mission’s East Anglian office at Lowestoft Docks on 01502 565269 or email
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