Sunshine boosts Redcar RNLI lifeboat day total

Lifeboats News Release

Summer sunshine brought hundreds of RNLI supporters to the Redcar RNLI lifeboat Day on Saturday 16 July 2016, boosting the charity’s funds by over £3300.

The day was organised by the station volunteers themselves and included fundraising stalls, and was topped off by a search and rescue demonstration at sea with a coastguard helicopter.

The day began with the lifeboats being taken in their launching carriages into the main shopping area so that the public could see the craft close up and meet the volunteer crew. Members of the Redcar Lifeboat Ladies Guild were on hand to run the fundraising stalls, and sea cadets from TS Zetland helped to man the collecting buckets.

The total raised was £3,374. Peter Haslett, treasurer at the Redcar RNLI station, said: ‘We were really pleased with the amount raised. The total was £800 more than last year, so I’d like to say a huge “thank you” to everyone who made a donation.

‘Our volunteer crews can’t do what they do unless they get the support of the local community.’

A further £1,200 has been raised by the crew who have just completed a virtual rowathon. Using rowing machines the crew, by RNLI lifeguards and local police and sea cadets, have rowed 425 miles, equivalent to the distance by sea from Redcar to the RNLI headquarters in Poole, Dorset.

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Notes to editors:

  • Redcar lifeboat station has been operating since 1802
  • Redcar currently operates a B-class lifeboat named Leicester Challenge III, paid for by the people of Leicester, and an IB1-class lifeboat named Eileen May Loach-Thomas, paid from the legacy of the late Nicolas Thomas of Shropshire
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