Golf day in aid of Fishermen’s Mission

Edward Whittle, left, of Whitby Seafoods with Mike Smith of the Fishermen's Mission, ahead of the charity golf day at Whitby Golf Club. Picture: Ceri Oakes
Edward Whittle, left, of Whitby Seafoods with Mike Smith of the Fishermen's Mission, ahead of the charity golf day at Whitby Golf Club. Picture: Ceri Oakes

Whitby Seafoods are sponsoring a charity golf day and the local fishing community are putting teams together to support the town’s Fishermen’s Mission.

The event will take place at Whitby Golf Club on July 1 from 10.30am with the aim to raise funds for the Mission.

Port Mission Officer Mike Smith was in Whitby to promote the golf day and took time out to describe how important it is to support the charity.

He said: “Not enough people know about the good work that the Fishermen’s Mission do in supporting the fishing community.

“It 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.”

The Fishermen’s Mission was founded by Ebenezer Mather in 1881, making this year its 135th birthday.

It is a Christian-based charity serving all fishermen irrespective of their nationality, their colour or creed.

“The Mission was established to work with both active and retired fishermen, their wives, partners and children,” Smith added.

“We care for those who go out to sea to bring back the catch and those who wait for their safe return.”.

Many people are unaware of the dangers involved and The Fishermen’s Mission are involved in highlighting what it takes to get fish on the table.

Smith added: “Most people seldom think about the where the fish on their plate comes from or what has been in-volved to put it there.

“Fishing is the most dangerous occupation, after the Armed forces, in Great Britain.

“This year, in a short space of time, we lost nine lives, a fact that barely made the papers.”

Edward Whittle of Whitby Seafoods, has organised the charity golf day and the company has been a supporter of the Mission for seven years.

“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’ Mission exists to acknowledge and help what is the nation’s most dangerous peacetime occupation.”

Whittle 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,” he added.

If you would like to support The Fishermen’s Mission the best way is to go to their website www.fishermensmission.org.uk