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Real ale drinkers in Sunderland raise money for the RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

The Sunderland branch of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) donated money raised during a local beer festival to Sunderland lifeboat station. Fans of real ale enjoyed their favourite tipple whilst raising money for the charity at the same time.

Members of CAMRA presenting a cheque to Sunderland Lifeboat Station

RNLI/Paul Nicholson

Members of CAMRA presenting a cheque to Sunderland Lifeboat Station

The event was held at the Bonded Warehouse from 6th to 8th of October. Visitors attending the beer festival had the opportunity to purchase themed glasses in which to sample the variety of ale’s on offer. At the end they got to either keep the glass, hand it in for a refund, or donate the cost of the glass to the chosen charity.The final total raised from the donations across the weekend was £231.50

Lynn Dobson, Sunderland and South Tyneside CAMRA branch secretary said, ‘The RNLI do amazing work and deserve our support. With this in mind our branch have decided to make Sunderland lifeboat station the beneficiaries of all funds raised at our beer festivals moving forwards.’

James Jamieson, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Sunderland Inshore Lifeboat Station said: ‘It costs £85,000 a year to run an Inshore Lifeboat Station and the kit that each lifeboat crew member wears costs £1,345. This is why fundraising is so important. Without it our volunteers and the charity would not be able to continue its lifesaving work. We are incredibly grateful to CAMRA and those that visit the beer festival for their support.’

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