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A SOUTHAMPTON-BASED maritime charity has marked the countdown to its 200th anniversary.

Staff from the Sailors’ Society celebrated the 200-day countdown to the organisation’s 200th anniversary on March 18, 2018, by baking a cake shaped like a cargo ship.

The Sailors’ Society, founded in 1818, aims to transform the lives of seafarers and their families at home, in port and at sea through the delivery of chaplaincy, education and the relief of poverty and distress.

The charity works internationally to provide practical, emotional and spiritual welfare support to the world’s 1.6m seafarers, regardless of background or faith.

Upcoming Sailors’ Society events include the Special Forces Challenge in the Lake District and the RideLondon cycle.