and Berrow churchgoers donate gifts to seafarers charity
members from St Andrew's Church in Burnham-On-Sea and St Mary's
Church in Berrow have delivered dozens of shoboxes full of gifts
to the Mission to Seafarers at Portbury Dock.
90 shoeboxes had been filled with gifts donated for seafarers
far from home.
also took bags of hand knitted hats, mufflers and mittens for
seafarers from milder climes.
of their congregations have been filling the boxes over the last
Liz Roost said: "Many seafarers are away from home across
the world for long months at sea, and the boxes bringing Christmas
wishes from local people remind seafarers that they are not forgotten."
the British Isles much of the food and consumer goods that we
depend upon come from across the seas thanks to the work of the
seafarers, who have a thankless task in all conditions and weathers."
the Mission Centre seafarers of many faiths and none enjoy a welcome
and various leisure facilities, including pool, TV, an Internet
terminal, wireless internet and card-only phones, refreshments,
plus a shop for essentials. There is also a chapel and a library."
Burnham and Berrow group were met by Chaplain Rev Jeremy Hellier
who took us on a guided tour of the Avon and Portbury docks, where
the ships dock briefly to load/ unload their cargoes.
and other ship visitors can meet with crew both on board ship
and at the centre and distribute the gifts at Christmas time and
give their support throughout the year and can deal with crises
as they arise.