Seafarers Hospital Society

The Society provides health and welfare grants to seafarers and their dependent family members. We also support a number of other services provided exclusively for seafarers.

The Society can provide:

  • Disability aids or equipment, such as stair lifts, electrically powered vehicles (EPVs) including wheelchairs, riser/recliner chairs and adapted bathrooms
  • Household items, such as cookers, fridges, washing machines and beds
  • Help with unpaid bills such as gas, electricity, water, Council Tax and rent
  • Essential household maintenance such as window repairs, heating repairs, decorating and carpets
  • Respite breaks or convalescence
  • Clothing
  • Help with funeral expenses

Last updated on 11 March 2018

Who is eligible?

You may be eligible:

  • If you are a working or former merchant seafarer or fisherman
  • If you are no longer at sea you need to have had long service, or service which was cut short because of accident or illness
  • If you are a close dependant of a working or former merchant seafarer or fisherman, such as a wife, husband, widow or widower, or child under 18

How to apply?

A case worker, such as someone from the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, the Fishermen’s Mission SSAFA, The Armed Forces Charity, should support the application form. If you don’t have a caseworker contact the Society and they will find one for you.

A case worker can download an application form from the website:

Other information

The Society also offers other non-financial support, such as:

  • The Seafarers’ Advice and Information Line (SAIL) which is a national telephone advice service provided exclusively for seafarers
  • Health and fitness projects for seafarers
  • a free, confidential service to seafarers who need help with mental health and wellbeing issues
  • The Dreadnought, a special medical facility for seafarers

Visit the website for more information:

Contact details

Seamens Hospital Society
29 King William Walk
SE10 9HX
Telephone: 020 8858 3696