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RNLI fundraiser remembers Craig in style

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From a fundraising skydive to presenting a cheque under water; Jeni Hall was determined to mark her efforts in style in memory of her step-brother Craig Steadman.

RNLI fundraiser Jeni Hall has raised £1,042.88 for Holyhead Lifeboat appeal in memory of crew member and step-brother Craig Steadman who tragically died in a motorbike accident on the A55 last year. She presented the donation to the crew whilst diving in Holyhead Leisure Centre pool.

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RNLI fundraiser remembers Craig in style

Last week 23 year old Jeni Hall went under water to present Holyhead RNLI with a cheque of £1,042.88 in memory of crew member Craig Steadman who tragically died in a motorbike accident on the A55 last year. After two postponements due to bad weather, Jeni took the plunge in September and jumped 10,000 feet out of a plane in aid of Holyhead RNLI appeal.

Jeni said:

‘After two false starts by having to postpone twice, the nerves were sky-high on the day of the skydive! I’m so grateful to all who’ve shown their support and donated towards my fundraising challenge. The amount will go a long way towards Holyhead RNLI’s D-class Appeal which is held in memory of Craig.

‘I would also like to thank Anglesey Divers who organised the unusual cheque presentation as well as Dave Tommis and the staff at Holyhead Leisure Centre who donated the use of the pool and made it possible for me to present the lifeboat crew with the donation – whilst diving under water! RNLI volunteers are ordinary people doing extraordinary things, and this certainly applied to Craig; this is why I felt it was important to mark the occasion in a memorable way.’

Holyhead lifeboat crew and supporters are busy raising funds towards a £24,000 appeal to help fund a new D-class lifeboat bearing Craig’s name. The lifeboat will be based at Barmouth lifeboat station, a town where Craig spent many happy times on family holidays as a child.

For more information on how to support Holyhead’s D-class Lifeboat Appeal please contact the Holyhead lifeboat station.

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