The 2-day SeaFit go to to Ramsgate final week was held in superb sunny climate and really mild winds that may have tempted many fishermen to spend as little time as potential onshore. Nevertheless, the Fishermen’s Mission was capable of report a fantastic turnout of energetic and former fishermen from the native space, in addition to their members of the family.
Mission space officer for South East England Ruth Charles mentioned: “It’s been implausible to convey SeaFit to the fishermen of Kent, and we’re grateful to the harbour for internet hosting us and the RNLI for using their constructing.
“We now have seen fishermen from Ramsgate, Margate and Folkstone come alongside for dental checks from DentAid, well being MOTs from One You Kent, and data from Prostate Most cancers UK. It’s additionally been a fantastic alternative to fulfill extra Kent fishermen and allow them to understand how the Fishermen’s Mission can help them.”
Merlin Jackson, secretary/treasurer of the Thanet Fishermen’s Affiliation, mentioned: “Giving fishermen dental checks and well being MOTs proper on the harbour has meant there is no such thing as a excuse for them to not get checked. I’ve solely been to the dentist a couple of occasions in my life and at all times put it off, however at this time I’ve been capable of get a check-up and have a well being test, which has been implausible. We now have seen various Thanet fishermen come alongside over the two-day SeaFit occasion right here in Ramsgate.”
SeaFit programme supervisor Carol Elliott mentioned: “We’re delighted that different well being suppliers are pleased to return alongside and help the SeatFit programme, in order that they’ll have entry to fishermen they wouldn’t normally attain. With out their help, the programme wouldn’t be as profitable because it has been.”
One You life-style supervisor Leah Colman mentioned: “We now have seen that the fishermen’s life are very comparable, with unpredictable days and never having the routines to have the ability to take care of themselves. It’s been nice to have contact with the fishing group, who we wouldn’t have reached with out the SeaFit occasion.
“We now have been capable of test blood strain and BMIs, with roughly 50% having hypertension. Lots of these we have now seen have mentioned they’ve been pushing aside having a test, and all have been receptive to the recommendation we have now given them.”
The subsequent SeaFit occasion is being held in Fraserburgh on Thursday, 31 March and Friday, 1 April. To seek out out extra, go to: fishermensmission.org.uk/seafit-programme
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