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Charity ball raises funds for Barmouth RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Barmouth RNLI were visited on Saturday (5 August) by Leona Oldroyd and her husband Peter to be presented with a cheque for £573.85.

Leona and Peter Oldroyd hand over their cheque to Barmouth RNLI

RNLI/Jamie Tyrrell

Leona and Peter Oldroyd hand over their cheque to Barmouth RNLI

Leona held a charity ball on the evening of 22 July in Trearddur Bay Hotel, Anglesey, to raise money for both Alaw Ward Alternative Therapy Department, and the RNLI Craig Steadman Lifeboat Appeal.

Guests were treated to a fun night which included a hot buffet, a DJ and local entertainers. And Leona was grateful for the support from local businesses who donated prizes towards the evenings raffle.

Leona decided to split any funds raised due to the care she has received from Alaw Ward, and also due to knowing Craig Steadman since he was a teenager.

Craig Steadman was a popular and well-loved volunteer lifeboat crew member at Holyhead RNLI who was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident in August 2015. A new Inshore lifeboat to be based at Barmouth RNLI will be named in his memory and is due to be operational within the next few months.

While the £48,000 to cover the cost of the new Inshore Lifeboat has already been raised, This fantastic amount will ensure Barmouth RNLI will be able to continue saving lives at sea when the Craig Steadman arrives on station.

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For more information please telephone Jamie Tyrrell, Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer on 07816224045 or e-mail

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