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Barrow RNLI Station Receives Donation of £300

Lifeboats News Release

Mr Mike Mills, organiser of the recent ‘Poker Run’ which took place in the Walney and Piel Channels, has presented a cheque for £300 to John Falvey, Barrow’s Lifeboat Operations Manager.

The money was raised during the ‘Poker Run’, an event where boats of all kinds collected playing cards along a pre-planned course. The winner was not determined by speed, but by the boat which had the best poker hand declared at the end of the course at Piel Island.


John Falvey, Barrow Lifeboat Operations Manager, said “We really appreciate the efforts of Mike Mills and his team in organising the event and would like to thank Mike and all the participants for making this donation from the Poker Run.”

The RNLI relies upon donations to support its vision to end the preventable loss of life at sea. Some 95% of RNLI people are volunteers.

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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.

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