Donation for Eyemouth-based trust

Berwickshire Maritime Trust has received a £1,000 donation from North Group, a leading global marine insurer.

Wednesday, 10th May 2017, 11:27 am
Updated Wednesday, 10th May 2017, 4:54 pm
Eyemouth Harbour

The Newcastle-based company has committed more than £120,000 to charities, causes and community groups for the next 12 months.

Johnny Johnston, chairman of Berwickshire Maritime Trust, said: “The donation couldn’t have come at a better moment as our trust was struggling to stay afloat.

“Because of North Group’s generous help we have been able to keep our ship, Good Hope, at Eyemouth harbour and continue showing this historic vessel to the many people who visit our area.”

It will also help the Eyemouth Men’s Shed scheme.

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Mr Johnston said: “We are now amalgamating with Eyemouth Men’s Shed, a project we have been running for the last 16 months where men can come for one day a week to defeat loneliness, bereavement and escape. As a result these men are finding a huge difference in their physical and mental well-being.”

The North 150 Fund was established in 2010. Put in place to support local charities and causes nominated by North Group employees, the fund donates between £60,000 and £70,000 each year. In 2017 £65,900 will be donated through the North 150 Fund to support organisations throughout the year.

In addition to North Group’s staff nomination programme the organisation has partnered with six local organisations (Newcastle Falcons Community Foundation, Durham County Cricket Club, Northumberland Cricket Board, Ocean Youth Trust, RNLI and The BALTIC partner programme), in order to deliver a dedicated programme of activity, as well as the Community Foundation, enabling North Group to extend their charitable reach. Through these two initiatives North Group has donated an additional £55,000 for the coming 12 months.

Thirty-two charities and causes will benefit from the North 150 Fund this year.

The North 150 Fund was launched in recognition of North Group’s 150th anniversary where the organisation received donations from ship-owners, maritime brokers and staff. Since then the programme has continued, funded by annual donations from North Group itself, with over £650,000 donated to date.

Paul Jennings, joint managing director at North Group, said: “As a large employer in the North East who’s had a presence here for over 150 years we feel it is important to support our local community in which we are based. We’re proud to have a dedicated community support programme, which focuses on workplace, environment and local communities, where we can help causes which really matter to our employees.

“It has been a pleasure to see the impact our donations and staff’s time has had on such a large number and wide variety of local organisations. We look forward to being able to continue this work, building relationships in the North East and continuing to back to our local community.”

Carl Harris, Area Lifesaving Manager at RNLI, said: “The donations and support that our charity has received from North Group is invaluable and we’re extremely grateful. Such donations are the lifeblood of the RNLI and enable us to continue our vital work of saving lives at sea.”

For more information about North Groups charitable work and their Community Partnership programme in 2016 visit