Mary and Mike Reeve of Minehead in Somerset, who are both retired from the civil service, decided that a legacy was a good way to help the work of Apostleship of the Sea.

Mary said, “We decided to leave a legacy to Apostleship of the Sea a year or so ago. We don’t have any children. But we had thought about it a year before when we had a Will written. It’s quite hard when you hear about these men at sea. They are away from home for months at a time and they can be treated badly by certain shipping companies. They bring our food and the goods we use. I think we owe them something. I’d encourage others to leave a legacy. I think it’s right to share what you have with others.”

“Charities always have to plan ahead, try to anticipate changing circumstances and be able to adapt their services to them”, says Apostleship of the Sea national director Martin Foley.

“Seafarers need to know that the Church will be there for them when their livelihood is threatened and when they are in need of mass or confession and are in a foreign land.”

“Those who remember the Apostleship of the Sea in their Will are ensuring the work of the Catholic Church in the maritime world will continue for future generations of seafarers.  We’re continuing to deliver a first class service to seafarers as part of the mission of the Catholic Church, but at the same time, we have to maintain a sustainable financial position. This is the tricky balancing act that the Apostleship of the Sea has to perform. “The pastoral work of the Church in the maritime world is needed today more than ever, with most of the seafarers coming from countries in the developing world. And our work will be needed for as long as ships bring us the goods we need and fish are caught for our tables.”

This case study is associated with the charity Stella Maris.