Sailors’ Society’s 2015 London Marathon team has raised £25,000 for seafarers and their families in need and donations are still pouring in.
A 17-strong team took to the streets in the 35th London Marathon, cheered on by crowds of thousands and following in the footsteps of world record holder and three-time London Marathon winner, Paula Radcliffe.
The Sailors’ Society runners were drawn from across the industry with representatives from Bunge, IMO, Clarksons, HR Shipbrokers, Lloyd’s Register, Swire, Thoresen, Meygen and Sailors’ Society, as well as those with family connections to the sea.
Ian Offland, Director – Fleet operations for Swire said: “As a member of the shipping community and having served at sea, it’s been great to be part of the Sailors’ Society marathon team and raise funds towards their worldwide work with seafarers. Participating in the London marathon is an experience that will remain with me forever.”
Sailors’ Society’s very own Riva dos Santos, port chaplain Paranagua, Brazil was running the London Marathon for the first time.
“The opportunity to run for Sailors’ Society and fundraise to improve the seafarers’ lives is amazing,” said Riva.
“I would like to share with people the seafarers’ needs and how they can give some aid to them through the Sailors’ Society. My ministry as a port chaplain is to enrich and enhance the well-being of seafarers by visiting ships in port, offering merchant seafarers practical help and welfare and pastoral support.”
The runners enjoyed a well-deserved post-race massage and celebrated with friends and family at Pall Mall’s magnificent Institute Of Directors, just around the corner from the finish line.
“It was wonderful to see the Sailors’ Society runners cross the finish line after months of hard training – congratulations to them all! We are so grateful to them and their supporters for their generous donations,” said Sophie Bridge, Sailors’ Society Events Officer.