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Rotary Clubs make a major contribution to Workington RNLI Shannon appeal.

Lifeboats News Release

Members of Bassenthwaite and Workington Derwent Rotary clubs visited Workington RNLI station on Monday 3 April to present a cheque for £1,000 towards the cost of the new Shannon class lifeboat.

Cheque presentation

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Tim (left) receives the cheque from Bassenthwaite and Workington Derwent Rotarians
The Rotary Clubs of Bassenthwaite and Workington Derwent raised over £7,000 in September last year from a Dragon Boat Race day held on Derwentwater.

£1,000 from the proceeds were generously donated towards the new Shannon all weather lifeboat Dorothy May White which is expected to arrive in Workington RNLI station on Wednesday 5 April.

A cheque was presented aboard a training Shannon class lifeboat in Workington harbour to Lifeboat Operations Manager Tim Chittenden, and edges the local fund-raising effort ever closer to the £150,000 target.

The new lifeboat will be officially launched and named in a ceremony in June this year, but will be on active service before then.

Tim expressed his sincere thanks to both Rotary clubs and the visitors were able to inspect the Shannon training boat and the Workington lifeboat station.

The Rotary clubs are holding another Dragon Boat Race Day this year on 16 September and are encouraging teams of 10 to enter!

Tour of the Shannon training lifeboat.

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Workington RNLI Station Mechanic Richard Glynn shows the visitors round the Shannon training boat.
Tour of the Shannon training lifeboat.

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Tim Chittenden, LOM with the Rotary visitors.

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