Press Release from Paul Cave of the Lighthouse Seafarers Mission
On Saturday 21 April, thanks to the generosity of HSBC, a small group of seafarers together with Paul Cave, Tilbury-based Port Chaplain of the Lighthouse Seafarers Mission (a ministry of the London City Mission), were treated to a VIP suite at Fulham Football Club.
The small party was made up of seafarers from Honduras, India, Philippines and the Ukraine. Some of them had not previously visited London. They drove into London past Docklands, taking in Tower Bridge. They enjoyed a walk along the Embankment before catching the train to Putney – there they strolled through the park over to Craven Cottage, the home of Fulham FC.
There they were met by Kevin Meredith of HSBC, who was their host for the day. The party were then ushered into their private suit overlooking the pitch.
A wonderful lunch was provided, served by a most charming and attentive hostess. When wined and dined, the party adjourned outside to to watch the match between Fulham and visitors Wigan Athletic. Nothing too exciting happened in the first half, but after a break Wigan came out fighting and scored a goal which set the match alight. Our multinational group were soon leaping to their feet and cheering as Fulham fought back and deservedly won the match 2 -1.
Even the weather was kind throughout and everybody agreed that this had been a most memorable day.