Members of St. Andrew’s Church ,Burnham on Sea and St. Mary’s Church, Berrow took 137 shoe boxes as Christmas gifts for the Seafarers at the Portbury Mission. The boxes are filled with warm woollen items like hats and gloves, toiletries, chocolates, sweets, small games and Christmas cards. The gifts are gratefully received by the many Seafarers who pass briefly through the docks on their journeys across the seas, often away from their homes and families for months on end, while they bring to our island cargoes of food, consumer goods and so much more on which we have come to depend. They have a thankless task , often in poor conditions and are so often forgotten as they move across the high seas in all weathers. The Mission to Seafarers offer welcoming centres in ports across the world , to those of all faiths and none and offer much help to those who fall into difficulty far from home in alien lands.