Sailing around GB for The Seafarers' Charity


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Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00


Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Thank you for supporting me! Update Sep 2021. [/p][p]I am raising money for The Seafarers' Charity (formerly King George's Fund for Sailors) by sailing around the whole Great Britain & Ireland, attempting to visit every harbour with a Harbour Master between 2019 and 2024. Starting in Dartmouth in March 2019, I reached Oban having met 78 Harbour Masters and in 2020 I sailed over the top of Scotland visiting all the outer Isles, reaching Lossiemouth on the East coast having met another 32 HMs. 2021 sees me sailing down the east coast to London - another 75. [/p][p]I interview each Harbour Master and record information about their harbour and their varied job and record it on Instagram (@harbourmastersailingchallenge) as I sail along. I attempt to sail into each harbour - but where that is not possible I visit the Harbour Master on foot. [/p][p]I am supporting The Seafarers' Charity in memory of my father Peter, who was in the Royal Navy. They also support men's mental health having suffered depression myself, and which I am keen to promote. [/p][p]The Seafarers' Charity has been helping people in the maritime community for over 100 years, by providing practical support to seafarers in need and to their families. They support also support those in education or training who are preparing to work or serve at sea. The charity does this by giving grants to organisations and projects that make a real difference to people’s lives, across the Merchant Navy, Fishing Fleets, Royal Navy and Royal Marines. Last year, Seafarers UK gave grants totalling £2.5 million to 50 maritime welfare charities. Seafarers' receives no government funding and is heavily dependent on public donations and legacies to maintain its grant-making programme.[/p][p]10% of what I raise is being donated to St Martin's Church, Lillington, Sherborne, Dorset. I am Church Warden of this beautiful and thriving church, and in return for being released from my wardening duty for my 5 year Odyssey, Seafarers' has kindly agreed to share part of what I raise. [/p]
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Nov 5, 2021

Meg Kennedy Shaw

Congratulations, Mark and Fiona! What stories you will have to tell when our paths cross again.


Oct 25, 2021

The Port of London Authority

Delighted to welcome you to the Port of London. Good luck with the rest of the Challenge!


Oct 21, 2021

Mark and Lizzie Fenwick

Happy Sailing, from Mark & Lizzie Fenwick


Oct 17, 2021



plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Oct 16, 2021

P and S

Thank you Mark for a fun few days. Fair winds for 2022.


plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Oct 15, 2021

Nick F

A lot of fun and a great cause. Thanks Mark


plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Oct 14, 2021

Ian A

Well done a very impressive achievement. Looking forward to the book!


plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Oct 7, 2021


More success on your adventure. Thanks for a lcvely sail on the Deben


plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Sep 30, 2021

Harwich Haven Authority

It was great to meet you aboard Good Dog when you visited us in Harwich earlier this week. All the very best of luck for the remainder of your epic voyage. Mike Dunn, Harbour Master, Harwich Haven Authority


Sep 27, 2021


Lovely to see you and have a sail up the Deben. Safe travels on the rest of your epic Good Dog voyage!!


plus £37.50 Gift Aid

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