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RNLI lifeguards in South Shields make a big splash with a sponsored swim

Lifeguards News Release

Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeguards in South Shields made a big splash recently when they took part in a sponsored swim for the lifesaving charity and raised over £1,200.

The swim took place on Monday 22 August and the charity’s lifeguards are now celebrating after smashing their initial fundraising target of £500.

RNLI lifeguards Drew Davis, Graeme Ahmed and Joe Mitchell swam approximately two and half miles between South Shields Pier and Marsden Bay to raise the vital funds. They completed their swim in just over an hour.

Safety cover for the event was provided by off-duty RNLI lifeguards who volunteered their time to keep watch over the fundraising trio in the RNLI’s inshore rescue boat.

RNLI lifeguard Drew Davis, said: ‘The RNLI has such generous supporters who ensure that we are able to continue our lifesaving work - we decided that we also wanted to give something back to the charity.

‘As RNLI lifeguards we see first-hand how every penny is put to good use from providing us with lifesaving equipment for our beach patrols through to funding our educational school visits to ensure that the next generation of beach users grow up to respect the water.

‘We’re delighted that we’ve exceeded our fundraising target and would like to thank everyone who sponsored our swim and cheered us on.’

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The photograph shows RNLI lifeguards (from left to right) Joe Mitchell, Graeme Ahmed and Drew Davis.

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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.

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