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Whitehaven Golf Club Raises £1,500 for St Bees RNLI.

Lifeboats News Release

Throughout the last year the Captains Charity at Whitehaven Golf Club, organised by club captains June Hardisty and Gary Tubman, raised an incredible £6,000.

St Bees Lifeboat Operations Manager Dick Beddows thanking Ladies Captain june Hardisty for their fundraising over the last twelve months.

RNLI/Colin Wadey

Presenting the cheque for £1,500

The money raised was shared between four nominated charities; St Bees RNLI, Wasdale Mountain Rescue, The Great North Air Ambulance and Cancer Research. Ladies Captain, June Hardisty, said: ‘The charities were chosen to celebrate our local emergency services.'

The money was raised in various ways including a fashion show, a Beatles night, a gentleman’s social evening, golf competitions and a Heineken day. There was also a variety of raffles including an Easter Egg Raffle selling Easter Chicks kindly knitted by Sue Thompson.

Dick Beddows, St Bees lifeboat Operations Manager, said; ‘Well done and thank you to everyone at Whitehaven Golf Club, particularly the club captains. Raising such a large sum for St Bees lifeboat will help keep our volunteers fully equipped helping them to save lives at sea.’

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