The Fishermen’s Mission has launched a campaign to highlight the number of fishermen lost at sea in the last decade.
Called the 100in10 Campaign, they hope to raise awareness of the dangers of being a fisherman and the devastating impact on families and communities when fishermen are lost at sea.
They are asking people to buy a pair of yellow fishermen’s wellies (with their logo attached) from them. For every pair that is sold they will be tying a yellow ribbon to the flagpole outside their Head Office in Hampshire. When they have sold 100 pairs these will be used for a photograph that will be released nationally.
Local Fishermen’s Mission Port Officer, William Macleod says ‘The work of the Fishermen’s Mission is as necessary today as ever. Our vital services and support provides practical, financial and pastoral help to local fishermen, both active and retired, and their families as well as a 24/7 emergency response for accidents or illness at sea.
‘We are the only charity that solely works with fishermen and we will help anyone who works aboard a UK fishing boat.
"I would urge any fisherman who think that we might be able to help to get in touch’.
The Stornoway telephone number is, 01851 704424 and our local office is at, 1 Quay Street, Customs House, Stornoway, HS1 2XX.