Go on – we dare you! The Mission to Seafarers challenges cyclists and runners to take to the road in support of seafarers this summer.
Have you just taken up cycling and feel it is time to put your pedal power to the test? Are you a seasoned club cyclist or weekender who can push yourself to the limit and need a fresh challenge? Is distance running something you could do? If any of these descriptions fits you, then why not take up an endurance challenge and raise money for The Mission to Seafarers at the same time?
Places are now available for supporters to join The Mission to Seafarers challenge events which take place this summer. The classic London to Paris five–day Cycle Challenge kicks off on 31 August this year or for runners and cyclists the Mission is offering the chance for you to take on the famous one-day Morpeth, Northumberland to Newcastle upon Tyne (M2N) challenge. This year the M2N organisers are arranging a run and cycle route together for the very first time!
Andy Winbow, who became a Trustee of The Mission to Seafarers in 2016, has been supporting the Mission through his long distance cycling challenges for many years. Andy said: “I am delighted to recommend these two new challenges to supporters of this great international charity. I have taken part in a number of Mission cycling events, including the London Nightrider challenge, and it is a fantastic opportunity to get a team of friends together and put yourself to the test. My colleagues and I from the International Maritime Organization had a great time last year, not only experiencing the highs and lows of long distance cycling, but also enjoying the sights and sounds of London in the wee small hours of the day in company with hundreds of others raising money for good causes. Now I am a Trustee of the Mission, I am highly aware that its maritime welfare work is vital and there is a real need to help seafarers and their families all over the world. Please get involved.”
The Morpeth Northumberland to Newcastle road race takes place on 17 July and you can join the fun from just £42 and raise money for The Mission to Seafarers in our 160th anniversary year! The Morpeth to Newcastle road race is the oldest running race in the country. There will be three different races for runners of all ages, and for the very first time, cyclists can join in the fun too – enjoying a unique opportunity to ride a 26-mile route that begins at Morpeth, passes through Bedlington, Seaton Delaval, Earsdon, Seaton Burn, Gosforth, and finishes in Newcastle. We are asking participants to raise a minimum sponsorship depending on which Morpeth to Newcastle challenge is taken on. Find out more on the Mission website: www.missiontoseafarers.org/m2n
For those of you who crave a real adventure, look no further than the London to Paris Cycle on 31 August. The Mission to Seafarers invites you to join one of the great cycle experiences in Europe. Passing through picturesque Kent countryside, you will cross the Channel and continue through the small villages and medieval market towns of Northern France. With long days in the saddle and some strenuous hill-climbs, the sight of the Eiffel Tower, the finishing point, will evoke a real sense of achievement. The event takes five days to complete and finishes on 4 September. You need to provide a deposit of £149 and raise a minimum sponsorship figure of £1,450. To find out more please visit our website: www.missiontoseafarers.org/Lon2Paris.
Taking on a Mission to Seafarers’ challenge event is a wonderful way to push your physical boundaries and help provide essential welfare services to seafarers and their families in need. So do not delay and sign up today! You can contact Ravina Patel, corporate partnerships and events assistant, The Mission to Seafarers, for more information on Ravina.Patel@missiontoseafarers.org or call +44 (0)20 7246 2915.
Notes to Editors
The Mission to Seafarers
Founded in 1856, and entirely funded by voluntary donations, today’s Mission to Seafarers is a registered charity that offers emergency assistance, practical support, and a friendly welcome to crews visiting over 200 ports around the world in 50 countries.
Whether caring for victims of piracy or providing a lifeline to those stranded in foreign ports, we are there for the globe’s 1.5 million merchant seafarers of all ranks, nationalities and beliefs.
The Mission to Seafarers’ Patron is Her Majesty The Queen and our President is Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.
To find out how we help those facing shipwreck, abandonment, loneliness and danger, visit our website: www.missiontoseafarers.org
Our essential port-based welfare services include:
Emergency response: we respond swiftly to tragedy, maritime disaster or personal crisis with welfare teams trained in post-trauma care and critical incident stress counselling.
Seafarers’ Centre hospitality: we offer seafarers’ centres which provide a safe and warm environment for crews to relax away from the ship, or to seek confidential counselling and advice.
Communication facilities: we provide free Wi-Fi hotspots either on board ships whilst they are in port or through Flying Angel centres, allowing crews to reconnect with loved ones at home.
Transport: our minibuses and cars transport hundreds of thousands of seafarers from the bleakness of ports to our centres and to relevant places of interest, such as shopping centres and banks.
Ship-visiting: welfare teams welcome crews to port by visiting them on arrival, and providing mobile communications to those who are unable to get ashore due to working patterns. If necessary, they can also provide practical and spiritual support and counselling to seafarers who request it.
Hospital and prison visiting: when a seafarer is injured, or is detained by the authorities, welfare teams can visit regularly and help in sourcing medical or legal support.
Spiritual support: In line with our Christian principles, we are able to offer spiritual guidance to seafarers, as well as provide information on places of worship for all major faith groups. Christian services are carried out either on board ship or in a centre when requested.
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In the UK, The Mission to Seafarers is a charitable Company Limited by Guarantee, Registered in England and Wales no: 6220240, Registered Charity no: 1123613. Registered Office: St Michael Paternoster Royal, College Hill, London EC4R 2RL UK.
The Mission to Seafarers Scotland Limited is a Company Limited by Guarantee, Registered in Scotland, Number: 389483, Registered Charity in Scotland: SCO41938. Registered Office: 109 Avalon Gardens, Linlithgow Bridge, Linlithgow, West Lothian, EH49 7PL.