Safety checks equal cheque for Calshot RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI volunteer crew at Calshot receive cheque from local business.

RNLI volunteer crew members from Calshot RNLI Lifeboat Station were invited to attend for a buffet lunch on Thursday 1 September at ExxonMobil in Fawley along with six other local charities.

The event started with a fabulous buffet lunch and then a representative from each charity was invited to give a short talk about their work.

Diane Carrier, Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM) at Calshot gave a brief overview of the RNLI and stated: ‘The RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea, is always actively promoting safety at sea, such as advising people to always wear lifejackets, be aware of tide times and make sure they carry some form of communication.’

She then provided more detail about the RNLI’s Respect the Water campaign which has been running all summer. The campaign encourages people to take precautions and be responsible for their own safety as much as possible. Given around 190 people die each year at the UK and Irish coasts, the RNLI is keen to educate people about the risks of rip currents and how to escape them, being cut off by the tide, cold water shock, and drinking alcohol when on or near the water.

In total £3,090 was pledged by a combination of ExxonMobil agency staff and employees at Fawley, who had been nominated for excellent safety contributions during the first half of 2016.  As part of the site’s Safety Recognition scheme each individual chose one charity from a list of seven to receive £30 on their behalf.  Calshot RNLI was given a donation of £270.

Kevin Watson, Manager Fawley Site Projects, told the charity guests: ‘The work that you do is exceptionally important. Nobody wants to need the services you provide but, when we do, we are very glad that they are available.’ He added ‘Funds are tight for a lot of charities, and here at Fawley we will do what we can to offer support through initiatives such as our Safety Recognition scheme.’

For more information on the RNLI Respect the Water campaign, visit www.rnli.org/safety  

RNLI media contacts

• Joanne Pearson, Calshot RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07780 457731 email joannepe44@aol.com
• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East) on 0207 6207426, 07785 296252  tim_ash@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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