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Barrow RNLI Receives Donation of over £10,000

Lifeboats News Release

At the recent Gala organised by the Barrow Ladies Lifeboat Guild, Joanne Barrow, on behalf of the Furness Building Society, presented a cheque for £10,765.69 to the Barrow RNLI.

The cheque was presented to Jackie Bailey, Treasurer of the Barrow Ladies Lifeboat Guild and President of the Barrow RNLI, Marcus Cardew.


The money was donated as a result of funds invested by individuals in the Furness Building Society’s Affinity Account. Affinity Accounts are linked to particular charities and the more that savers put into their accounts the greater the donation that is made to the associated charity.

This substantial donation will provide a very welcome boost to the costs of operating and maintaining the Barrow station. The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea and relies entirely on voluntary donations to enable its volunteers to undertake their life saving work.

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland