Fishing: Firms on course to support charity in Whitby golfing day

Edward Whittle, of Whitby Seafoods who has organised a charity golf day in aid of The Fisherman's Mission, with Mike Smith, the Port Mission Officer who is based in Bridlington. The charity plays a vital role in supporting the fishing community. The charity golf day will take place at Whitby Golf Club on 31 June.  June 20 2016. Picture: Ceri Oakes
Edward Whittle, of Whitby Seafoods who has organised a charity golf day in aid of The Fisherman's Mission, with Mike Smith, the Port Mission Officer who is based in Bridlington. The charity plays a vital role in supporting the fishing community. The charity golf day will take place at Whitby Golf Club on 31 June. June 20 2016. Picture: Ceri Oakes

Whitby Seafoods is sponsoring a charity golf day in Whitby on Friday (July 1) to support the Fishermen’s Mission.

Business Development Director Edward Whittle, who has organised the golf day, wants the local community to get behind the charity and raise awareness for all the great work they do.

Edward Whittle, of Whitby Seafoods who has organised a charity golf day in aid of The Fisherman's Mission, with local fisherman Craig Locker from Whitby on his boat, Emulate III. The charity plays a vital role in supporting the fishing community. The charity golf day will take place at Whitby Golf Club on 31 June.  June 20 2016. Picture: Ceri Oakes

Edward Whittle, of Whitby Seafoods who has organised a charity golf day in aid of The Fisherman's Mission, with local fisherman Craig Locker from Whitby on his boat, Emulate III. The charity plays a vital role in supporting the fishing community. The charity golf day will take place at Whitby Golf Club on 31 June. June 20 2016. Picture: Ceri Oakes

“It’s important for Whitby Seafoods to sponsor this charity event as there is limited support for the fishing industry generally,” he said. “It is crucial that a charity like The Fishermen’s Mission exists to acknowledge and help what is the nation’s most dangerous peacetime occupation.”

Edward would like to encourage others to do the same and get involved.

“A lot of local businesses already help the Mission here, including many of the town’s fantastic fish and chip shops.

“Anyone not yet involved should contact them to see how they can help, whether it’s with an Albert collection box to giving profits from a particular dish, directly to the Fishermen’s Mission.”

As well as Whitby Seafoodd, Lockers Fish, Lockers Trawlers, Whitby Fishermen’s Football Club and Yorkshire Water are taking part in the event at Whitby Golf Club, which starts at 10.30am.

The Fishermen’s Mission is a lifeline for many and plays a vital role in fighting poverty, offering emotional and spiritual support. When there is an emergency or if tragedy strikes at sea, the Mission is on hand to help.

Mike Smith, the Port Mission Officer, covers the coastline from Hornsea to Redcar, which includes Whitby, Scarborough and Bridlington.

He came to Whitby to promote the charity golf day.

“We are a Christian-based charity serving all fishermen irrespective of their nationality, their colour or creed,” he said.

“The Mission was established to work with both active and retired fishermen, their wives, partners and children. We care for those who go out to sea to bring back the catch and those who wait for their safe return.

“Without the help from companies like Whitby Seafoods, who are fantastic supporter and one of our biggest allies along this stretch of the coast, our work would be so much harder.

“We cannot thank them enough for their help in arranging this golf tournament.”