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Big cash boost for Great Yarmouth Seafarers Centre 

2017: The Great Yarmouth Seafarers Centre has received a cash windfall from an offshore windfarm project and also helped ensure three stranded Indian seafarers can fly home for Christmas.

The centre, which supports seafarers, receiving a generous £12,000 donation from the Galloper offshore wind farm project. 

The donation was made on behalf of Galloper, by Peter Scott-Andrews, the project’s turbine Pre-Assembly Site Manager, and received by Rev Peter Paine who runs the centre. The donation was raised after metal from surplus project components was sold for recycling.
Galloper Project Director, Toby Edmonds, said:  “It has been an honour to gift this donation of just over £12,000 to the Great Yarmouth Seafarers Centre.  Leading the construction of a major offshore wind farm, and managing the turbine assembly from Great Yarmouth, it was a natural choice to donate to the Mission, which provides such valuable support for seafarers around the world.
He added:  “Whilst the construction of the project is coming to an end and we’re departing from Great Yarmouth, we are very pleased to be able to leave this legacy to the local branch of the Mission to Seafarers.  I would also like to pay credit to the Galloper team members based in Great Yarmouth who came up with this brilliant suggestion.  It’s a very worthwhile cause.”
Peter Paine said: “This wonderful donation will be distributed within Great Yarmouth maritime sector, and to help other local charities. I would like to thank the project team on behalf of the seafaring community for thinking of us.  The donation will leave a lasting legacy in the Great Yarmouth.”

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Port chaplain helps stranded Indian crew fly home

PeterPaineStandedCrewMeanwhile, Peter has helped to ensure that three stranded Indian seafarers from the Malaviya Twenty, which has been stuck in Great Yarmouth since June 2016, boarded a taxi on their first step home to India for Christmas, by putting up a deposit of £3,500.
Port Chaplain Peter said: "This now means we have four crew left on board. I have had an offer from Peter Jay for them to go to the Circus, so we will arrange for them to go in twos. I have also put out an appeal for Christmas items for men so that we can take some Christmas cheer on board.”

The vessel was moored on the quay after it was detained by the authorities because of invalid documents and the failure to pay crew wages.

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Pictured top is Rev Peter Paine with Galloper's Peter Scott-Andrews and, above, with the three Indian crew members who have now left for home.

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