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SuperValu Sutton does Stars in your Eyes in aid of Howth RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

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’.
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For more information please contact Tara Murphy, Howth RNLI Volunteer Fundraising Press Officer, on +353861009133 or at or contact Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager Tel: 087 1254 124 / 01 8900 460 email or Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Tel: 087 6483547

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