Mission is ready to help struggling local fishermen
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A CAITHNESS-based spokesperson for a fishermen's charity says the organisation is ready to support those in the industry who are struggling to get by during lockdown.
Coronavirus has hit the UK fishing industry hard and the Fishermen’s Mission says that no fisherman or fisherman’s family should need to cope alone.
Jackie Dodds, the mission's port officer in Caithness, sent out an appeal to local fishermen and said: “We are still here to help you. If you are a fisherman on a UK boat, a retired fisherman or a member of a fisherman’s family, please do not hesitate to contact us.
"These are very difficult times and the support we can give you may make all the difference.
"We will always be there to help and may be able to offer further financial support and access grants for you. Together, we can get through this crisis.”
The Fishermen’s Mission was set up in 1881 to help fishermen and their families weather the storms of life and "nothing has changed" since then, Jackie said.
The mission provides a 24/7 emergency service for fishermen who are taken ill or have an accident at sea as well as vital support for the families of fishermen who are lost at sea.
As the effects of the coronavirus are felt both in the short and long term, the mission is ideally placed to help with expert knowledge of what is happening locally and nationally and how to get the best support available.
Jackie said: “The Fishermen’s Mission can help if you feel like you're struggling with money worries or feeling isolated and alone.
"We are here to support you and we are ready to listen. We know that times are tough for fishermen and their families at the moment so please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
"If you need us, please call us.”
Jackie can be contacted by calling 07774 116 386 or email CaithnessMPO@fishermensmission.org.uk
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