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Fleetwood RNLI receive donation from yacht club

Lifeboats News Release

Coxswain of Fleetwood lifeboat, Gary Randles, received a fantastic donation of £500 from Blackpool and Fleetwood Yacht Club, last Saturday evening (29 October).

Large pumpkin, with sailing ship carved on the front.

RNLI/Kenneth Harcombe

The winning pumpkin

The donation was presented by Commodore John Spence, at the annual Commodores Evening and

RNLI Fundraiser. The members of the yacht club raised the funds from proceeds of an auction and raffle.

Coxswain Gary was also on hand to judge the best pumpkin, hand carved by the yacht club members.

Gary said: ‘This is a fantastic contribution by the yacht club, who support the RNLI every year. We are very grateful for their generosity. It was also the first time I’d judged a pumpkin competition before and I didn’t realise how difficult it would be.'

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Coxswain Gary Randles receiving the cheque from John Spence

RNLI/Kenneth Harcombe

Coxswain Gary Randles receiving the cheque from John Spence

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