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Newbiggin Golf Club's Generous Donation

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteers from Newbiggin RNLI recently received a generous donation of £570 from Newbiggin Golf Club.

Newbiggin's Voluntters receive the generous donation and present the RNLI shield to the Club Captain.

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin Golf Club Captain and Vice Captain at the presentation.
The presentation was made to some of the local volunteers after they were invited to a special awards evening at the club.

The golf club has for many years supported their local lifeboat with regular charity events to raise funds for the RNLI. This year, representatives from the golf club handed over another incredible donation with the money coming from the Captain's Charity Day held during May 2017.

This fundraising partnership for Newbiggin began with the annual Lifeboat Golf Day which was started over 20years ago by the husband and wife team Harry and the late Vera Smith former Vice President of the Newbiggin Ladies Lifeboat Guild. Over the years they worked tirelessly on this fundraising venture with the Golf Club, along with the many golfers locally and those from around the region together with the resourceful sponsors to raise thousands of pounds for the lifeboat service here. In recent years the event has become part of the established Captain's Charity initiative.

Newbiggin Lifeboat also made a surprise thank you presentation to the Club Captain on the night. In recognition for this long term support from the Club a RNLI commemorative shield was presented to them from the lifeboat volunteers.

Preparations are already in hand for a further lifeboat golf event during the summer of next year and we look forward to working with them on the event.


RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Richard Martin, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Newbiggin on 07980 010544 or or Nicola Quinn Regional Media Manager – North East & East telephone 07810 658 072 email or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

If you would like to find out more about Newbiggin lifeboat station, its volunteers and its heritage then take a look at the local websites.

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