Workington RNLI is sending out its own call for help

Lifeboats Media Invite

Workington Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) will be sending out its own call for help on Saturday 18 June when it launches an appeal to raise £150,000 towards the cost of a new state-of-the-art Shannon class lifeboat.*

In 2017 Workington’s current all-weather Tyne class lifeboat Sir John Fisher, will be nearing the end of her operational life.  She is set to be replaced by the newest member of the RNLI fleet, a Shannon class lifeboat.

The Shannon class is the charity’s next generation all-weather lifeboat and is the most agile in the fleet.

Workington RNLI’s Coxswain, John Stobbart, said: ‘We’ll really miss our Tyne class lifeboat when she goes, as she has served us proudly since 1992. Naturally though, we’re excited about receiving a Shannon, whose advanced technology means we’ll be able to reach people a lot more quickly and further off shore.

‘We’re incredibly grateful that our new lifeboat has already been part-funded by a generous legacy from the late Mrs Dorothy May White and a substantial donation from the Sir John Fisher Foundation.* However, we still need to raise the remaining £150,000 to turn the lifesaving vessel into a reality.’

Pat Smith, Chair of Workington RNLI Fundraisers, said: ‘We and the crew have lots of events planned over the coming months ranging from a fashion show and a Shannon Shindig event through to a fishing competition and a sponsored cycle ride.

‘Everyone is really excited and we’re hoping that people will get behind our appeal by attending our events, popping some spare change into one of our collections or by sharing any innovative fundraising ideas that they may have.’

To find out more about the appeal please telephone Workington RNLI on: 01900 604124.

There are details below on how to donate to the appeal.*

Notes to editors

The Shannon class lifeboat:

• The Shannon class lifeboat is the first modern RNLI all-weather lifeboat to be powered by water jets and not propellers.

• Capable of 25 knots the Shannon is 50% faster than the lifeboats it replaces – ensuring that those in need are reached even faster.

• The Shannon is the RNLI’s next generation all-weather lifeboat and is the most agile in the fleet.

• The RNLI lifeboat stations that currently have a Shannon are: Dungeness, Ilfracombe, Montrose, Exmouth, Lough Swilly, St. Ives, Hoylake and Lowestoft.

Workington RNLI’s Shannon class lifeboat appeal:

The total cost of Workington RNLI’s Shannon class lifeboat is £2Million. It will be part-funded as follows:

• By a generous legacy in excess of £1Million from the late Mrs Dorothy May White. Dorothy, a long-time supporter of the RNLI, came from Birmingham and died in February 2012. Workington RNLI’s Shannon will be named Dorothy May White in her memory.

• A donation of £500,000 from The Sir John Fisher Foundation. The Sir John Fisher Foundation is a charitable trust established in 1980 by Sir John and Lady Maria Fisher. The Foundation's objective is to distribute its income to charitable causes throughout the UK, but with special regard to those based in and working for the benefit of people living in and around Barrow-in-Furness and surrounding area.

• From accrued donations from numerous RNLI supporters (the Workington Shannon was also the recipient of the RNLI’s Summer Appeal mailing).

The RNLI looks forward to the appeal raising the remaining £150,000.

How to donate to Workington RNLI’s Shannon class appeal:

• Text RNLI WORKINGTON to 70300 and donate £5 to the RNLI.

Texts will cost the phone owner a standard network message rate in addition to the £5 donation. The RNLI receives 100% of the £5 donation. The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Registered charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland.

• Donations can also be made via Just Giving at:

RNLI Picture captions
The photographs show Dungeness RNLI's Shannon in action. Credit: RNLI

RNLI media contacts
For more information, please contact Clare Hopps, RNLI Press Officer, North on: 07824 518641 or at

Media invite:
Event: Join Workington RNLI’s volunteer crew and fundraisers and the station’s current all-weather lifeboat Sir John Fisher for the start of an RNLI fundraising appeal.
When: Saturday 18 June 2016 from 11am to 1pm.
Where: Whitehaven Harbour, Lime Tongue, CA28 7HS.
Opportunity: To film, photograph and interview RNLI volunteer crew and fundraisers about the launch of the charity’s appeal to raise £150,000 towards Workington RNLI’s new Shannon class lifeboat due on station in 2017.
Contact: If you wish to attend please contact Clare Hopps, RNLI Press Officer, North, on: 07824 518641 or at:

On the day contacts: Tim Chittenden: 07711 937597 or Matt Legg: 07748 777972.

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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