Charities We Support

As the UK's largest endowed maritime charity The Corporation of Trinity House donated approximately £6.5m to charitable causes in the financial year ending in March 2013. There are over 20 charities that regularly receive donations from the Corporation. Information about some of them is below.

Association of Sail Training Organisations

ASTO logoASTO - The Association of Sail Training Organisations - is the UK's National Sail Training Organisation. Our membership is made up of more than 30 not-for-profit organizations that operate more than 50 Sail Training vessels around the UK. ASTO is a registered charity (no. 1083059) and company registered in England and Wales (no.4084476). ASTO's Royal Patron is HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO. ASTO is also a founding member of Sail Training International, with ASTO's Chairman sitting on STI's International Council.

Sail Training is a challenging and fun way to develop self-confidence and change lives. It is not about learning to sail, but uses the experience of being at sea as a means to help people learn about themselves, discover hidden strengths and talents, and understand the value of working as a team. Participants learn to manage themselves and interact with others, dramatically boosting their self-awareness and confidence.

ASTO supports its members in a variety of ways, including issuing grants, organising events and raising the profile of Sail Training. Through a generous grant from Trinity House, we can ensure that our seagoing staff are trained to the highest levels of professionalism.

Combat Stress

Combat Stress was founded in 1919 to care for the shell-shocked victims of the First World War.  Today, we are the UK's leading military charity specialising in the mental health of ex-Service men and women.  We’re providing vital support and treatment to over 4,800 mentally wounded Veterans across the UK from the British Armed Forces and the Merchant Navy – many of whose mental health conditions are complex and long-term in nature.

We provide a lifeline to Veterans of all ages – our youngest Veteran is only 20 years old and our oldest is 101.  We make a massive difference to the quality of their and their families’ lives. 

In our experience, Veterans wait, on average, 13.1 years from leaving the Armed Forces before coming to Combat Stress for help.  This is too long to suffer and this delay often leads to additional mental health problems, social problems and family breakdown.  We are trying to reduce this timelag by addressing:

  • The lack of education and understanding about Veterans’ mental health issues;
  • The fear of stigma and discrimination that surrounds Veterans’ mental health; and
  • The isolation of Veterans with wounded minds who feel alone in their suffering and are too ashamed or embarrassed to seek help.

The Fishermen's Mission  

Fishermens Mission LogoThe Fishermen's Mission fights poverty and despair in UK fishing communities by providing emergency and welfare support to fishermen and their families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

The Missionis the only national maritime charity caring specifically for the needs of fishing communities throughout our country.

Over 13,000 men and women work in theUK's toughest and most dangerous peacetime occupation: deep sea fishing. At sea, they face death and injury on a daily basis. On land, many face insecurity and debt. And life for the 50,000 retired fishermen and their dependants is no better, with debt, inadequate pensions and scant savings meaning no respite from hardship once the fishing's over.

Jubilee Sailing Trust

The Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) is a registered UK Charity No 277810, which was established on the 6th October 1978.  TheJubilee Sailing Trust aim of the JST is to promote the integration of physically disabled and able bodied people through the adventure of tall ship sailing.  We built, own and operate our unique tall ships, Lord Nelson and Tenacious.  2011 has been a significant year as it has marked the 25th anniversary of STS Lord Nelson and the 10th anniversary of SVTenacious.

Since the JST was established 37,000 people have sailed with us. Of these approximately 17,000 people were disabled, with over 5,000 wheelchair users.  Our ships are based aroundUKwaters during the summer months and complete passage voyages to warmer climes for the winter voyages between November and April.  Often, these voyages are around the Canary Islands for Lord Nelson andCaribbeanfor Tenacious.

Trinity House Maritime Charity has generously supported the JST with large donations since the 1990’s.  We would like to take this opportunity to once again thank Trinity House for their loyal support of the Jubilee Sailing Trust on behalf of all the people’s lives they have helped to change. 

The Mary Rose Trust

The Mary Rose TrustThe Mary Rose Trust is the guardian of Henry VIII’s warship Mary Rose, which sank in the Solent in 1545 after 34 years service. The Trust uses the dramatic story of the sinking of the Mary Rose and her unparalleled collection of Tudor navigational instruments to provide a historical context to teach people of all ages about seamanship and navigation. A display in the new Mary Rose Museum, which will open in late 2012, will showcase the Navigator’s tools and personal possessions to give a unique insight into the man himself. Hands-on activities and workshops will explain key concepts in navigation, including stability and maritime safety, as well as teach practical skills such as knots and map reading. For those who cannot visit the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth, outreach visits and virtual learning online will give access to the collection and our teaching materials. It was Henry VIII who gave Trinity House a royal charter in 1514 so it is fitting that 500 years later the Mary Rose Trust and Trinity House should join forces to advance the knowledge and skill of the public in navigation and seamanship. Additionally, the first Master of the Mary Rose was Thomas Spert, who became the first Master of Trinity House in 1514.

Nautilus Welfare Fund

The Nautilus Welfare Fund is a registered charity, administered by Nautilus  International (the union for maritime professionals), that offers a range of specialist services aimed at supporting retired seafarers, both ratings and officers, and their dependants.  

The NWF provides care and support for retired seafarers and their dependents, who meet the criteria and have had a significant career at sea. They are eligible to make an application for accommodation, an annual or a one off grant, through the Nautilus Welfare Fund.  At the heart of the Nautilus Welfare Fund’s work is the Mariners Park Estate in Wallasey, Merseyside (pictured right), which was established in 1857.

MPE has 109 properties – flats, houses and bungalows providing single and double accommodation. There is also a registered Care Home providing nursing and residential care. A Domiciliary Care Service is also available throughout the Park.

All Park residents have access to a wide range of recreational events held in the Park and also elsewhere.

The NWF is financed by a combination of investment income, charges to residents (often funded by the relevant local authority) and grants from other organisations including the generosity of Trinity House.

The Royal Liverpool Seamen's Orphan Institution

The above institution was set up over 140 years ago to help the many orphans of Merseyside seafarers, and until 1949 it ran an orphanage in Liverpool.

We now fund the education and welfare of children, and currently assist around 175 families from all over theUKby providing substantial monthly grants along with any support and guidance needed.

It is really important that all those involved with merchant seafaring, particularly their welfare, are aware of the Institution and what we are able to do on behalf of the families after losing a parent.

People don’t often realise that we are a national charity who help families all over theUKand in most circumstances we will be able to provide that much needed financial help.  

Imagine the difference we can make! 

To qualify, the family need to show that the deceased parent served in either the Merchant Navy or the fishing fleet and if a grant is awarded, it will continue until the child finishes full time education which includes College and University.

Please think about this.

Is there a family that you know who has lost a parent?

Might that family need our help?

Not every family is the same but it is always worth while contacting us. All the applications are considered on an individual basis so there is nothing to lose and we know the children will have everything to gain. With your help we could help others.

Thank you for taking the time.

Linda Gidman
Chief Executive

Download the brochure here.

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s Fund

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s Fund is the only charity that is dedicated to helping the children of people who are serving or who have been in the Royal Navy and Royal Marines.  The charity is able to assist children in a number of ways which include:

  • Children with special needs to obtain specialist help or equipment
  • Children needing stability and continuity of education at a time of crisis
  • Respite and childcare given to children.  This can be for a number of reasons including illness of a parent or sibling.
  • Children who need items of clothing, school uniform or babies nappies
  • Family outings and holidays in times of crisis and distress

Here is a quote from  one of our parents

“I am writing to express, on behalf of myself and my husband our deepest gratitude for the grant towards the cost of providing one-to-one support for our daughter Leila at nursery.  She needs support with communication, feeding, personal care and mobility, having someone to aid with all these things will ensure she can participate and enjoy nursery life to the full.”

We would not be able to carry out our work without the support of organisations such as Trinity House, we are very grateful to them.

Sailors’ Children’s Society

We help children of British seafarers from Fishing Fleet, Merchant Navy and Royal Navy backgrounds.  Families must be on a means tested benefit to join our Family Support Scheme and usually come to us following a traumatic event such as bereavement, diagnosis of a terminal illness or the break-up of an abusive relationship.  The families we help are predominantly single parent however we will help two parent families where one parent is too ill to work and the other parent acts as a full time carer.  We also support many grandparents who are bringing up grandchildren.

We provide support in a number of different ways including:

  • Child Welfare Grants - to allow children to participate in childhood activities such as brownies, cubs, music and sports lessons or simply to help with day to day children’s expenses.
  • Clothing Grants – to provide a new school uniform and a winter coat and shoes.
  • Caravan Holidays – each family is offered the opportunity of a holiday for a week away from the stresses and strains of daily life.
  • Home Computers – to celebrate our 190th anniversary of providing support to seafarers children, we are currently raising funds to ensure each of our families have access to a computer at home for educational and social use.

The team at the Society also provide a sympathetic ear, emotional support and offer links to specialist organisations when needed. For further information please see our website or Facebook: Sailors Childrens Society or call us on 01482 342331.

Sea Cadets

The Marine Society & Sea Cadets (MSSC) is the governing body of the Sea Cadet Corps.  It is the UK’s oldest youth maritime charity, with 385 units around the UK, supporting over 12,000 cadets. Nautical training is at the heart of the Corps and is an intrinsic element of the Sea Cadet experience.  Sea Cadets

The emphasis is on helping young people, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.  By taking part in a wide range of activities and adventure training, cadets learntheimportance of teamwork and leadership skills. Cadets are encouraged to find an area in which to excel, with training in many disciplines including sailing, music, first aid, rowing, diving, marine engineering and cooking. Cadets gain valuable, nationally-recognised qualifications, which help to improve their future prospects. They take part in courses and competitions all over theUK, as well as having the opportunity to travel overseas. 

Trinity House is a major supporter of the Sea Cadets, helping with the challenging task of improving the facilities of units. In the last year, Trinity House has also supported the development of a new rowing boat, which was named the Trinity500 in honour of Corporation’s support in its quincentenary year. The Trinity500 has been rolled out to Sea Cadet Units all over theUKand is proving to be extremely popular.

Seafarers UK

Seafarers UK is a charity that helps people in the maritime community, by providing vital funding to support seafarers in need and their families. Seafarers UK does this by giving money to organisations and projects that make a real difference to people’s lives across the Merchant Navy, Fishing Fleets, Royal Navy and Royal Marines. 

Formed in 1917 as King George’s Fund for Sailors, Seafarers UK: 

The services Seafarers UK funds have a positive impact on all seafarers. Last year, thanks to funding from Trinity House and the generosity of individual and corporate donors, Seafarers UK gave grants totalling £2.5 million to over 80 maritime welfare charities. Seafarers UK receives no government funding and is heavily dependent on public donations and legacies to maintain its grant-making programme.

If you would like to make a donation, or for more information please: 



    phone 020 7932 0000


Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society

Shipwrecked Mariners' Society logoThe Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariners’ Royal Benevolent Society, or Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society as it’s more commonly known, was founded in 1839 to assist the survivors of shipwreck and to support the widows and orphans of those tragically lost at sea.  Today the Society is one of the largest maritime charities operating throughout the UK and Ireland, and its main function is benevolence and the payment of discretionary grants through its countrywide network of Honorary Agents.

The Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society provides financial help to merchant seafarers, fishermen and their dependants who are in need.  It pays an immediate grant to the widow of a serving seafarer who dies, whether death occurs at sea or ashore.  Regular grants are paid to former seafarers, their widows and partners, whose circumstances justify ongoing support.  Special grants are made to meet particular needs in crisis situations.  Practical assistance is given to seafarers of any nationality shipwrecked on the coast of the British Isles.

Women’s Royal Naval Service Benevolent Trust

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The Women's Royal Naval Service Benevolent Trust [WRNS BT] membership is open to any woman who served in the Women’s Royal Naval Service [WRNS] and transferred to the Royal Navy [RN] before 1 November 1993, or anyone who served in the WRNS since 3 September 1939.

The Trust dispenses £350k per annum to around 400 women who find themselves in some form of distress. The main areas of expenditure are regular annuity payments to those on a low income, medical aids such as special chairs and powered vehicles, house adaptations such as level access showers and ramps and funeral expenses.

We work mainly with volunteer caseworkers from either SSAFA – Forces Help or The Royal British Legion who visit applicants on our behalf.

The WRNS BT works with its sister organisation the Association of Wrens and other Service charities to ensure that all former members of the WRNS [approx. 60,000 women] realise that their Trust is still dispensing benevolence and assistance to its members.

If you would like to find out more about the work of the WRNS BT, please contact the Trust, email telephone 02392 655301.

The WRNS BT celebrates its 70th anniversary in April 2012, and is launching a commemorative book at its May AGM. More information about the book can be found here (5MB PDF opens in a new window).

Sarah Ayton
General Secretary