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RNLI holds presentation for loyal fundraiser

Lifeboats News Release

Guernsey RNLI recognised Mr Alf Solway's fundraising efforts on Wednesday eve

Alf Solway has been an ardent and committed supporter of the RNLI in Guernsey for a number of years and has now raised over £30,500 towards provision of lifeboat facilities in Guernsey. In recognition of his outstanding and ongoing efforts, a presentation ceremony was held on Wednesday evening (20 July) at the St. Peter Port Lifeboat Station, at which members of his family, the crew of "The Spirit of Guernsey", the lifeboat management team and fundraisers were on hand to thank him for his outstanding commitment. 

The Bailiff, Sir Richard Collas presented Mr. Solway with a plaque, a picture certificate and a St Peter Port lifeboat mug. 

Celia Allen MBE, chair of the fundraising Guild said that Alf is, by any measure, a top fundraiser.  She also thanked Mrs. Jenny Ridley for providing a fine buffet.

One crew member commented: 'Without doubt, the chocolate cake alone will keep the crew sustained for some time.'

Buz White, coxswain, said: 'Alf is treasured by the crew for his effort and commitment. He can always be relied upon to help us help others.'

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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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