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£1,000 donation given to Craster RNLI lifeboat station

Lifeboats News Release

On Sunday 18 December, Craster RNLI lifeboat station and crew received a donation of £1,000 from Police Sport UK.

Craster RNLI donation


Craster RNLI donation

The money was raised from a raffle held during the Police Sports UK National Sea Angling Boat Championships (held on 7 and 8 September 2016).

Kevin Woodcock Durham Police SAC said: ‘I have for the last 20 years fished off Craster with Dougie Hogg Fishing Trips. I’ve never needed to call out the lifeboat but you never know when you might need them. The RNLI is a worthy charity and when we hosted the Sea Angling championships at Hartlepool we raised £2,000 and split the money 50/50 with both Hartlepool and Craster Lifeboat Stations.’

Craster Station chairman Michael Doherty commented: ‘This substantial donation will provide a very welcome boost for the costs of operating and maintaining Craster station. The RNLI is the charity for saving lives at sea and relies entirely on volunteer donations to enable its volunteers to undertake their life saving work.’

The donation will be used to fund crew training equipment.

For more information about the Police Sports UK National Sea Angling Boat Championships, please visit:

RNLI Picture credit

The photograph shows Kevin Woodcock and some of Craster’s volunteer lifeboat men and women. Including its newest member Matty Smith, wearing RNLI personal protection equipment.

Notes to editors

  • Craster lifeboat station has been operating since 1969. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to

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