Seafarers' charity shortlisted for Mersey Maritime awards

17 January 2020

The Nautilus Welfare Fund, which runs Mariners' Park retirement estate in Wallasey, has been shortlisted for a prestigious industry award.

The Mersey Maritime Positive Impact Award recognises organisations that have gone the extra mile to support the maritime industry – and its people – in the North West.

In 2019 the charity expanded its range of specialist services to retired seafarers and their dependents, including accommodation at Mariners' Park, in Wallasey. The 16-acre site on the banks of the River Mersey is the focal point for the charity’s work. It offers 125 homes, mostly bungalows and apartments, plus a residential and nursing home, creating a unique maritime community.

The opening of John Fay House in May provided 12 new state-of-the-art independent living apartments. All meet the latest standards for accessibility, and each has a balcony or patio and an en-suite wet room, as well as an open-plan fully-fitted kitchen.

The estate now plans to expand further with the restoration and development of Gibson House, in a development project worth more than £10m that will provide another 26 apartments with front and side waterfront views which are earmarked for Nautilus Welfare Fund residents.

The NWF also offers financial support and caseworker services to individuals across the UK in addition to its strong presence on Merseyside.

The categories will go to a public vote at the start of February to allow the wider industry to have their say on who they think should win.