With support from shops, schools and businesses this year’s Woolly Hat Day hopes to raise £15,000 to support the Mission’s important work in assisting seafarers and their families across the world in times of great difficulty.

Welcoming the renewed collaboration between the Mission and The Campaign for Wool, Jos Standerwick, Director of Development at the Mission, said: “Woolly hats have become synonymous with seafarers, with people knitting hats for our men and women of the sea for hundreds of years. It seems only fitting that the Mission and The Campaign for Wool team up again to raise vital funds for the Mission’s work and to get the public knitting!

“Whether people tweet a fun photo of themselves in their woolly hats, or turn their hands to knitting, the Mission could not hold this day without the support from so many dedicated organisations and individuals, so thank you.”

Andrew Wright, Secretary General of the Mission, said: “Giving hats to seafarers is a genuine act of kindness, appreciation and hospitality towards those who are away from home for many months and who often operate in harsh conditions. Given the speed at which they are taken, gifts of woolly hats continue to be very much appreciated by seafarers.”

For fundraising ideas and how else to get involved, please visit the Mission website,www.missiontoseafarers.org/support-us/woolly-hat-day or get involved on social media by following @FlyingAngelNews on Twitter or /TheMissiontoSeafarers on Facebook, using #WoollyHatDay.

Photo: Jos Standerwick (right) director of development and Patrick Silla (left) marketing & media officer, The Mission to Seafarers.