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Fish Restaurants Invited to Raise Funds for Fishermen

16 August 2013

UK - Fish restaurants throughout the UK are being invited by the Seafarers UK charity to take part in this year’s Fish & Chip Feast, 7-13 October, and raise funds to support UK fishermen in need.

It’s easy for shops and restaurants to raise money during the Fish & Chip Feast. Donate a proportion of sales of a particular dish during the week; a great way to showcase your meal deals or dish of the day. Or why not get nautical, dress up as fishermen and ask customers to make a donation to Seafarers UK for your efforts?

The individual shop that raises the most money during the week will win the ‘Fish & Chip Feast Top Fundraising Shop of the Year Award’, supported by Seafish. Burton Road Chippy scooped the prize last year. Owner Lesley Graves said: ‘We took part to show our support for fishermen who put their lives at risk every day. It is an ideal event for fish and chip shops, a good opportunity to promote fish and chips, and great for the team and customers too.’

Seafarers UK is the leading maritime welfare charity that gave £2.5 million last year for seafarers in need, their families and dependants. Every penny raised during the Fish & Chip Feast will go towards the funding of safety and education projects for fishermen, ultimately saving lives.

Commercial sea fishing is officially the most dangerous job in the UK, with a workplace fatality rate 115 times the industry average. 227 fishing vessels were lost at sea between 2001 and 2010. Serious injuries are commonplace, leaving many fishermen unable to work and their families facing hardship.

Funding from Seafarers UK assists working seafarers too. For example, the charity contributed £70,000 to a two-year project run by Seafish, which enabled 1,864 experienced fishermen to attend refresher safety training courses free-of-charge. Seafish operations manager Simon Potten said: ‘To receive support from Seafarers UK for this important project is fantastic.’

Visit the website at for more details or contact Seafarers UK on 020 7932 5961 (email for a free fundraising pack.

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