Why do we support the Fishermen’s Mission?
It’s the only charity working around the entire UK coastline that provides 24 hour emergency support as well as crucial practical, financial, spiritual and emotional care to fishermen and their families. There’s no escaping the sea when you’re in Cornwall – happily it’s around almost every corner – and at the heart of Cornwall’s culture and traditional industry are our fishing communities. Cornwall and its seas are beautiful and calm for lots of the year, but come the bad weather they can be perilous. In fact, fishing is known as the most dangerous livelihood in the UK. We first started supporting the Fishermen’s Mission in 2012, and we’re proud to have raised over £20,000 for them so far.
A few of our most recent fundraising efforts include…
Jubilee Pool in Penzance holds a special place in our hearts. Some of us learned to swim in the lido, many of us have swum in the pool and sunbathed on the side, Neil even used to clean the pool between seasons when he was at college, and one of our very first Seasalt photoshoots took place there.
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Did you know that donkeys love to play with wellies? Bev from our QC team gave us this fun fact after her son adopted a donkey called Jemima at the Flicka Foundation. We couldn’t pass up the chance to make a donkey’s day so we went on a hunt for old pairs of wellies that were floating around the warehouse. Bev and her son took them down to the sanctuary and presented the wellies to the donkeys. Read the rest of this entry »
This weekend our friends at the Family Holiday Association will be pulling on their wellies, packing their cameras and making their way from Chy Morvah in St Ives, along the coast to Carbis Bay to take part in an exciting new event, Seaside Walk Week! This great initiative is raising funds to help struggling families get a break away from some of the toughest challenges in life.
The week starts on Saturday and includes a series of nine guided walks at picturesque locations across the UK including St Ives in Cornwall, Lulworth Cove in Dorset and Southend-on-Sea in Essex (we wish we could take part in them all!). You can enjoy a leisurely 2- 4 mile short walk, or if you fancy something a little more challenging, there’s the option to take part in a longer 10 mile walk.
With our Design Studios overlooking Falmouth Bay, the sea is always at the heart of what we do, so Seaside Walk Week is an ideal way for us to celebrate our beautiful coastline and villages.
To sign up to a walk, or for more information please visit: SeasideWalkWeek.org.uk
If you’re taking part in the St Ives or Lulworth Cove walk, make sure you pick up your Seasalt Jute to pop your walking gear in, we hope to see you there.
Here at Seasalt we love it when it rains and we’re not afraid to admit it!
We don’t let a shower stand in our way of exploring the beautiful Cornish coastal paths and cliffs, we embrace it. We love the sweet smell before a cloudburst, the tiny droplets landing on our noses and the relaxing pitter-patter of the rain as it falls on a long, sandy stretch of beach.
To celebrate our love of the wet stuff and to raise funds for Marie Curie we held a ‘wear your wellies to work day’ last week. There were colourful flowers planted in wellingtons, rain themed treats and a ‘welly good’ photo-shoot. Our Distribution Centre devised an amazing weather themed playlist for the day, which you can listen to below, and our staff even had the chance to win tickets to the Eden Project!
Here’s a sneak peek of what we got up to!
If you’re in need of some inspiration for summer’s downpours, check out our Seasalt RAIN collection.
Our limited edition Charity Jute Shoppers have been flying out of our shops this week and to celebrate we’re giving away one of each bag, signed by the celebrity who designed them!
If you haven’t already seen them, the bags have been exclusively designed by some of our well known famous friends, Dame Judi Dench, Savannah Miller, Alex Polizzi and Monty Halls.
£1 from each of the Jute Shoppers will be donated straight to Fishermen’s Mission, a charity we’ve been working with for the last few years now. They’re a fantastic charity who provide emergency support and practical care for fishermen and their families in Cornwall and across the UK.
To enter the competition, simply head over to our Facebook page, leave a comment under the picture of the bags with your favourite design and what you’d put in your bag and we’ll pick four winners at random.
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Earlier in the week, we packed our bags and took a trip to the big city to launch our Charity Jute Bags to some of the country’s top media and bloggers.
The bags have been exclusively designed by some of our well known friends, Dame Judi Dench, Savannah Miller, Alex Polizzi and Monty Halls. £1 from each of the Jute Shoppers will be donated straight to Fishermen’s Mission, a charity we’ve been working with for the last few years now. The bags will be on sale from the end March, but we wanted to give the press a sneak peak of the unique designs.
The event was held at the very chic Wright Brothers Soho Oyster House right in the heart of London.
The Seasalt Marketing Team arrived early in the afternoon to arrange the limited edition jutes, fill the goodie bags full of Cornish treats and dress the waiters in unique Seasalt print aprons. With minutes to spare, we pulled on our Lottie Dresses and it was time to welcome to crowds.
As the journalists arrived, the fantastic Fishwives Choir struck up their accordions and belted out a song or two about the wild seas. The atmosphere was charged as the guests reached for a Fish Wives Fizz cocktail, made using Cornish wine maker, Polgoon’s Sparkling Aval.
Two-tiered Fruits De Mer glittered on crushed ice, and the Cornish Oysters were definitely a talking point for lots of people… down in one or give it a chew first?!
We were delighted that Savannah and Monty popped in to say ‘hello’ and shared a glass of fizz with our visitors. All in all it was a fantastic evening and we can’t wait for the bags to launch in our Seasalt Shops and Online. Whose will sell out first?
More details on our limited edition Charity Jute Bags here.
You’ve seen our limited edition T-shirts and Christmas cards in store, as well as the pictures from our charity bake offs at Seasalt HQ and our Midnight Madness walk across Dartmoor, but have you ever wondered why we work so closely with The Fishermen’s Mission to raise money for the charity?
Here in Cornwall we’re very proud to have such an amazing variety of fresh fish landed off our coast every day. It’s because of this that we’re so grateful for the hard work that the Mission puts in to caring for our fishing community.
The sea drives a lot of what we do here in Seasalt, influencing our seasonal colour palette, new patterns and designs. Our latest print, Cods & Pans, was influenced by Denys Val Baker’s book, The Sea’s in the Kitchen, a story that ends with sea bursting in through the author’s kitchen door! While the sea can be a calming and inspirational source, we are reminded that it can also be destructive.
With the glorious sunshine we’ve had here in the South West over the last few weeks, it’s easy to forget the ferocious weather that we experienced earlier in the year. Our fantastic Cornish fishermen were hit particularly hard, with many unable to get out to sea for several weeks and others losing vital fishing equipment and even their fishing boats.
Luckily in the midst of the devastation, there was a light at the end of the tunnel; The Fishermen’s Mission! The UK-wide charity provided emergency support for many fishermen and their families throughout the storms.
Their hard work continues as they have just opened their very first retail outlet in Meneage Street, Helston at the top of the Lizard Peninsula, home to many fishing villages. So if you’re heading to Cornwall this summer don’t forget to pop in and say ‘hello’.
As part of ‘Wear Your Wellies to Work’ Day, some of us ventured down to Swanpool beach for a spot of competitive wellie wanging!