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Early Christmas card shopping at Scarborough RNLI following a mystery donation

Lifeboats News Release

We might be almost having some kind of a summer at the moment (Monday 13 June) but don’t forget that Christmas is only 194 days away!

With this in mind, a new Scarborough RNLI Christmas card has hit the shelves at the temporary lifeboat shop on West Pier. It portrays the all-weather lifeboat emerging from the old lifeboat house in the snow, with a Christmas tree at the top of the ramp (this is artistic licence).

The artwork was donated by a mystery artist who is clearly very talented and the RNLI is very grateful. The charity would like to know who the artist is. If anyone knows, please contact Scarborough RNLI so that they can thank the artist properly.

The card costs £3.95 for a pack of 10.

Shop manager Mike Turner, one of 10 Scarborough RNLI personnel who attended the Queen’s birthday bash in the Mall at the weekend, said: ‘Don’t rush to buy the cards as the last pack was sold to Scarborough RNLI press officer Dave Barry! Stocks will be replenished this week though.’

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RNLI shop manager Mike Turner is pictured holding the card. Credit: Dave Barry.

RNLI Media contacts
For further details, ring Scarborough RNLI press officer Dave Barry on 07890 322992.

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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