Last Saturday (24 September 2016) staff members from the Sutton branch of SuperValu took part in Stars In Your Eyes at The Abbey Tavern to raise over €5,000 in aid of Howth RNLI.
Performers took to the stage dressed as their favourite singers and belted out familiar hits including Imelda May’s track Mayhem, Frank Sinatra’s classic My Way and Paloma Faith’s Upside Down. During the interval member’s of Howth RNLI’s lifeboat crew took to the stage to perform Home from the sea, a song written especially by Phil Coulter to help raise money for the charity’s lifesaving work.
The local lifeboat station was chosen as Charity of the Year 2016 by the popular supermarket and the fundraising event was organised by SuperValu Sutton staff members Garry Wickham, Angela O’Kelly and Cora Walsh.
The funds raised will be used to provide new crew kit and further training for the RNLI’s volunteer crewmembers to ensure their safety when they are saving lives at sea. Each year it costs €1,672 for ongoing training for each crew member and a full All-weather lifeboat crew kit costs €1,602 to replace as a result of wear and tear.
One of the organisers, Mr. Wickham said: 'People who volunteer to put their lives on the line to save others would inspire anybody. We’re delighted to support a charity like Howth RNLI and to raise funds to enable them to launch the lifeboat to those who need their assistance’.
Rose Michael, Howth RNLI Fundraising Chairperson, commented, ‘We are incredibly grateful for the amazing support we’ve received from all the staff and customers in SuperValu Sutton this year. The staff has put so much time and effort into organising this event and I’m delighted that they had a full house. I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we did, it was a great success’.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.
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