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 the UK by 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 the UK and 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.