The Mission to Seafarers in Falmouth has had a busy week helping international seafarers. Last week they were called upon to assist a Filipino seafarer who had been taken off his vessel anchored off the Lizard by lifeboat for treatment to an eye injury, and this weekend the crew of Maersk Weymouth, currently in the shipyard for repair, spent some valuable rest and recreation time at The Flying Angel Centre inside Falmouth Docks.

Chairman Penny Phillips said: “We were delighted to assist Eliis Tingzon when he was brought ashore to Helston Community Hospital last week, and over the weekend were able to assist 14 crew members off the Maersk Weymouth. The crew spent time relaxing in the mission garden and contacting loved ones. We were also able to provide dollar and Euro currency exchange so that seafarers could buy souvenirs and gifts in Falmouth town.”

Falmouth Mission was chosen from 200 Mission Centres around the world to receive two tickets to the Patron’s Lunch on The Mall in London to celebrate Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth’s 90th Birthday. Maureen Hartley, mission secretary for over 50 years, attended the party with her son Richard. Penny said “The Queen is patron of The Mission to Seafarers and it was a great honour to be asked to attend such a unique and special event.”

The mission was also represented at the Somme 100 commemoration at St Petrocs Church in Bodmin on Friday. July 1, at the invitation of the Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Colonel Edward Bolitho OBE.