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Torbay RNLI are supported by local Freemasons

Lifeboats News Release

Local Freemasons are supporting Torbay RNLI as they celebrate their 150th anniversary by presenting donations from across the Bay.

Local Freemason lodges throughout Torbay have individually celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Torbay RNLI Lifeboat by donating £150 each. This has resulted in a donation of over £1,200, with more to come.

The first RNLI lifeboat the City of Exeter was stationed at Brixham in 1866 following the great Storm when over 100 lives were lost. It was funded by the people of Exeter at a cost of £650. The current all weather lifeboat, the Severn Class the Alec & Christina Dykes has been on station since 2001 at a cost £2 million. The volunteer crews have the same dedication today as they did 150 years ago.

The RNLI relies purely on voluntary donations, legacies, flag days and the sale of souvenirs to fund this essential service.

Torbay RNLI were very grateful to all the Lodges that donated in this special year in the history of the Torbay station.

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