Saffron Walden jigsaw collection for crew members stuck at sea

Lucie Heyburn, MP Kemi Badenoch and Rotary Club of Saffron Walden project organiser Alan Hawkes with a jigsaw puzzle

The manager of the Saffron Walden Oxfam shop Lucie Heyburn, with MP Kemi Badenoch who is donating a jigsaw and the Rotary Club of Saffron Walden project organiser Alan Hawkes - Credit: submitted

Rotarians in Saffron Walden are collecting unwanted jigsaw puzzles for merchant seafarers.

The Rotary Club of Saffron Walden will begin collecting puzzles on Monday, October 11 for crew members stuck on ships which cannot land freely due to border restrictions as a result of Covid-19.

Saffron Walden mayor Richard Porch donating a jigsaw at Oxfam, Saffron Walden

Saffron Walden mayor Councillor Richard Porch donates a jigsaw to the Rotary Club of Saffron Walden appeal via Oxfam - Credit: Rotary Club of Saffron Walden

A Rotary Club spokesperson said: "Many thousands of merchant seafarers have been confined to their ships around the world because countries will not allow them to land freely as they did pre-Covid.

"In the worst cases ships’ owners effectively abandoned the ships leaving those on board reliant on charity.

"Many crews in this situation have turned to jigsaws to keep them entertained."

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A donation point will be set up at the Oxfam shop on King Street.

The puzzles will be taken to the Queen Victoria Seamen’s Rest in Tilbury and the Mission to Seafarers in Felixstowe where they can be sent to sailors.

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