Special Christmas visit for visiting seafarers in Falmouth

Falmouth Packet: Special Christmas visit for visiting seafarers in Falmouth Special Christmas visit for visiting seafarers in Falmouth

Visiting seafarers received a special visit on Christmas morning as Father Christmas delivered gifts to crew on ships in the docks.

Former harbour pilot David Barnicoat dressed up as the jolly fat man to take presents from the Falmouth Mission to Seafarers to the crew members, including Filipino seafarer Charlie Razalan a who lost his family home and possessions in the typhoon that hit the Philippines in November.

The mission took around 65 gifts to mariners in the docks, and a little earlier had also taken them to those in the River Fal and in port at Penzance and Newlyn.

Members of the Falmouth Mission and of Apostleship of the Sea stuffed packed around 90 gift bags in total.

Presents were purchased with donations from among others the Falmouth and Penryn Lions Club, |supplemented with chocolate from St Mary's Church and the members of the Home League, and Evergreens from the Falmouth Salvation Army. Mawnan Mothers’ Union also provided six fully packed gift bags.

Santa was joined on his visit by Mission to Seafarers chairman Penny Philips, Mission to Seafarers Padre the Rev Jon Robertshaw, and Captain Dave Smith and his wife.

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