Eastleigh MP Mims Davies, joined international maritime charity Sailors’ Society to mark its 200 years of supporting seafarers and their families around the world at a reception held in Parliament.
Mims Davies said,
“With head offices in Southampton and a shop in Eastleigh Town centre, it was a delight to join the Sailor’s society on this joyful occasion and to meet the people behind the organisation’s successes – not to mention the spectacular ‘Big Ben’ cake commissioned for the occasion!
“Sailors’ Society has provided so much care and support to seafarers in need over the past 200 years, such as working to help seafarers look after their mental health during the long contracts at sea, and supporting their families back at home in times of crisis.
“It’s been a pleasure to work with the Society since being elected, and I want to extend my thanks, and the thanks of my seafaring constituents, for all that they do.”
Stuart Rivers, Sailors’ Society CEO, said:
“MPs have a long history of supporting the charity’s work – very appropriately, our first Chairman was Bernard Shaw MP – and we are grateful to Mims for helping us celebrate our bicentenary. However, being 200 years old doesn’t mean we can sit back on our laurels, and we continue to change and adapt in order to better support the men and women who play such an important role in transporting our goods at sea.”