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Three Great Fundraisers for St Bees RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteers at St Bees lifeboat are often impressed with the many different ways the generous people of West Cumbria find to raise money for the RNLI.

A team photo of the members of the Distressed Sailor Golf Society on one of their fundraising days out

RNLI/Colin Wadey

Members of the Distressed Sailor Golf Society

Captain of the Distressed Sailor Golf Society Mark Edwards chose St Bees RNLI to benefit from their 2016 captains charity. The aptly named Distressed Sailor is a pub based in Whitehaven. The money was raised by members of the society during the season from penalties for various things like landing in bunkers, water hazards & high scores etc. Mark feels the lifeboat crew provide an essential emergency service and was pleased that £150 was raised in aid of St Bees lifeboat.

The Seascale Stompers meet once a week and describe themselves as a small line dancing group. Most of the money they raise is taken on the door and in the past ten years has gone to charities far and wide. This year it has all gone to local charities of which £100.00 has been given to St Bees RNLI.

Peter Hinde from ESKK Martial Arts & Fitness Club recently gave a cheque for £250.00 to St Bees RNLI. The money was raised through their kids group.

St Bees lifeboat volunteers would like to thank everyone who has helped in all these three great fundraisers. The RNLI relies on voluntary contributions like these to help in the aim to reduce preventable loss of life at sea.

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