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Annual Sunderland RNLI Flag Day

Lifeboats News Release

Sunderland RNLI lifeboat station’s annual Flag Day is to be held between10am and 4pm on Saturday 25th June when members of the crew, local fund-raisers and other supporters will be collecting in the city centre.

James Jamieson, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Sunderland Lifeboat station said,
‘We rely on the generosity of the people of Sunderland and every year they never cease to amaze us. Fundraising work is key to supporting the work of the RNLI, work that is just as important today as it ever has been. Over 200 people accidently die each year around our coasts a figure that the RNLI want to halve through its Respect the Water Campaign. Fundraising not only finances the work of our lifeboat stations and volunteer lifeboat crews but it helps us to educate the public on the dangers and the power of the water. So we are hoping that this year’s Flag Day is a great success.’
Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Alan Emerson said,
‘As Mayor of Sunderland I am delighted to support this fundraising campaign for the local branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. As a city by the sea, our community has a close relationship with this fantastic charity which is so deserving of all the help and support that we can all provide.’
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Mayor of Sunderland Councillor Alan Emerson purchasing the first flag from Sunderland RNLI guild members Peter Mitchell, Barbara Simpson, Joan Hardy along with Lifeboat Operations Manager James Jamieson.

RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Alex Richards Sunderland Lifeboat Station Press Officer on 0191 5292988 or 07540 530 395.

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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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland