Yarmouth volunteers give festive aid to Filipino sailors
Great Yarmouth Seafarers Centre provided gifts for crew members aboard the Filipino ship Volantis in Great Yarmouth over the Christmas period.
The volunteers from the Seafarers Centre were informed of a Filipino ship which was due to be in Yarmouth’s outer harbour over the Christmas period. They banded together to diligently source various goodies for 17 Christmas gift bags for the crew.
Rev Peter Paine, Port Chaplain, and ships’ visitor, Colin Wooden, then went aboard the Volantis ship to deliver the gifts and surprise the crew members before Christmas. Mr Wooden said, “It was a very rough night, but we were well received by captain and officers.”
The Great Yarmouth Seafarers Centre is an advice and social hub, which is available to the estimated 15,000 seafarers from across the world who visit the port of Great Yarmouth every year. Part of the Mission to Seafarers, the Seafarers Centre is run by port chaplain Rev Peter Paine and offers someone to talk to, a chance to call home and spiritual support.
The centre is open every weekday evening between 6pm and 8pm and Saturday and Sunday between 1pm and 3pm and is based on South Quay, Great Yarmouth. At 5.15pm every first Tuesday of the month, there is an open prayer time, to which all are welcome.
The photo above, which shows Rev Peter Paine with crew members on board the Volantis, and is courtesy of Colin Wooden.
This story is based on an article which first appeared in the Eastern Daily Press.
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