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Nessa and Friends Push the Boat out for the RNLI at Porthcawl

Lifeboats News Release

Ruth Jones aka ‘Nessa’ from Gavin and Stacey fame, entertained a packed Porthcawl Grand Pavilion theatre last Friday all to raise money for Porthcawl RNLI. The evening is thought to have raised in the region of £18,000 for the charity.

Main celebrities on stage for Comic Relief hit, 'Islands in the Stream'

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Nessa (Ruth Jones), Bonnie Tyler, Uncle Bryn (Rob Brydon) with Only Men Aloud

James Corden opened the evening with a video message from ‘Smithy’ which was filmed on the set of James’s American chat show. The Late Late Show host went on to introduce the star of the evening, ‘Nessa’ better known locally as Ruth Jones, who grew up in Porthcawl. She took on the role of compere for the evening in the style of her highly successful Gavin and Stacey character. She was supported by her friends Bonnie Tyler, Only Men Aloud, singer actor Craig Gallivan and during the meal singer Russell Jones Jnr. But to the surprise of the audience one more guest appeared just in time to join Nessa on stage to sing their number one Comic Relief hit ‘Islands in the Stream’; yes, none other than ‘Uncle Bryn’, Rob Brydon. Their duet was a huge success and received a standing ovation from the audience. Following on for the rest of the evening The Dave Barry Big Band kept everyone entertained with many of the audience enjoying a dance to a wide variety of tunes.

The evening was initiated by Ruth earlier in the year in support of the Porthcawl RNLI volunteers, one of whom is her brother-in-law crewman Etienne Cronje. Once a date had been set she then made all the arrangements for the evening which included a three course meal and entertainment. To help raise funds on the night Ruth went around the tables having ‘selfies’ taken with members of the audience. Raffle tickets were also sold and a raffle drawn. That was followed by an auction which included a wide variety of items professionally sold by auctioneer Andrew Thomas, from HRT estate agents in Cowbridge.

Porthcawl Lifeboat Chairman, John Abraham said, ‘The whole evening was a true success for Ruth and her friends, the audience and of course Porthcawl Lifeboat Station. We are grateful for all the effort that she put into making her evening so special for us, she definitely Pushed the Boat Out for Porthcawl RNLI’.

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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