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RNLI celebrates 50 years in Sutton Coldfield

Lifeboats News Release

The Sutton Coldfield branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution marked 50 years of service by hosting a Supper Party on Friday 2 December 2016 at Sutton Coldfield Town Hall.

Celebrating 50 years of RNLI in Sutton Coldfield at Sutton Coldfield Town Hall

Gerry McLaughlin

Celebrating 50 years of RNLI in Sutton Coldfield at Sutton Coldfield Town Hall

The evening started with the presentation of RNLI Gold Badges to the Branch Chairman Jill Carter and Branch Treasurer Mike Lorenz by the Branch President Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP, who spoke warmly of their outstanding service and contribution the the charity’s work.

Cllr Charlotte Hodivala then addressed the gathering and added her own congratulations to the awardees.

Entertainment for the evening was provided by the Band of the Sutton Coldfield Sea Cadets, of which Mr Mitchell is also President. He spoke for everyone in the room when we said how very well the young people had performed and what a great credit they are to the Sea Cadets and the Royal Town.

After supper the evening continued with a resume of the RNLI’s 50 years in Sutton Coldfield by Mike Lorenz.

This was followed by an overview of the RNLI’s work by their Volunteer Presenter Carolyn McLaughlin and included an update for the town’s adopted lifeboat station at Seahouses in Northumberland.

Branch Chairman Jill Carter said:

'The RNLI Sutton Coldfield Branch has been working hard to save lives at sea for 50 years, so we couldn't let the milestone pass without a form of celebration.

'We much appreciated seeing so many of our supporters at our special Supper Party. Special thanks must go to the Band of the Sutton Coldfield Sea Cadets who gave a brilliant performance. They are such a wonderful credit to our town and well deserving of their status as national champions.

'Whilst we all had a very pleasant evening together we never lose sight of why we fund raise for the RNLI. It is to support our brave lifeboat crews and lifeguards who put their lives on the line every time they go out to sea to rescue a stranger.'

Notes to editors:

Photograph – Courtesy of Gerry McLaughlin

Celebrating 50 years of RNLI in Sutton Coldfield at Sutton Coldfield Town Hall 2 December 2016

L-R: Lt (SCC) Alan Wright, RNR; Cllr Charlotte Hodivala, Mayor of Sutton Coldfield; Jill Carter, Chairman, RNLI, Sutton Coldfield; Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell, MP for Sutton Coldfield; Mike Lorenz, Treasurer, RNLI, Sutton Coldfield; Edna Heappey BEM, Vice President and Founder Chairman, RNLI, Sutton Coldfield

RNLI media contacts:

For further information, please contact Carolyn McLaughlin, RNLI Local Press Officer, Sutton Coldfield branch on 0121 352 0705.

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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