Mission reaches out to the needy this Christmas

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A NORTH-EAST energy firm wished Buchan fishermen a Merry Christmas last week with a generous donation to The Fishermen’s Mission.

Aberdeen based firm Talisman Energy spread the festive cheer on Wednesday as they awarded cheques for £1,500 each to the Peterhead and Fraserburgh branches of the charity, which will help support local fishermen and their families.

The funds will go towards The Mission’s Christmas Chair, which provides aid to less fortunate fishermen throughout the festive season.

Fraserburgh Superintendent Murray Campbell said that the money would go to those in the greatest need, no matter their age or nationality, as the charity’s mission statement promises.

He said: “The money will help us to deliver a whole welfare package to those less fortunate fishermen. We want to bring Christmas cheer to the fishermen of Buchan through food hampers, gifts, trips to the pantomime and everything else that makes Christmas special.”

Established 130 years ago, The Mission provides aid and support to any number of the 13,000 men and women who work in the industry nationwide. With livelihoods depending on weather conditions and fluctuating fish prices and affected by ever decreasing quotas, The Mission is more necessary than ever.

New Chief Executive of the national charity Cdre David Dickens CBE, who was visiting Peterhead’s Mission along with retiring CEO Dan Conley OBE, said: “I very much look forward to taking The Mission forward, while working closely with the fishing communities of Peterhead and Fraserburgh. The most important thing is that we continue to do what the fishermen want and provide them with the support they require.”

Mission branches at Peterhead and Fraserburgh offer hot meals, free beds and good company for fishermen from all over the world throughout the year, as well as welfare packages and support to families who may have lost a loved one at sea.

Environment Manager for Talisman Energy Sean Reilly said: “We are delighted to continue to support The Fishermen’s Mission in the Buchan area.

“North East fishermen are an important presence in the North Sea and we look forward to continuing to support this worthwhile cause.”