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Barmouth RNLI honours faithful fundraiser

Lifeboats News Release

At their annual ‘Thank-you’ evening on 1 December 2017, Fundraising Chair Wendy Ponsford addressed a crowded room of supporters, crew members, and RNLI shop volunteers.

Eric receives his gift from Wendy Posford

RNLI/Norma Stockford

Eric Tranter receives his gift

Explaining that the event was held for all those who had supported Barmouth RNLI during the year, she thanked them for their continuing and generous help.

June Davies, Barmouth RNLI Treasurer and Shop Manager announced another record-breaking year for the station. During 2017, a total of over £60,000 had been raised from events held, the RNLI shop and donations. Much of this success was due to the tremendous support received from all the crew, local businesses as well as visitors to the station.

During the evening, Barmouth Fundraiser Eric Tranter was presented with an inscribed cut glass goblet for over 50 years of support for the RNLI. Eric had been Vice-Chairman of the Dudley Branch in the West Midlands before moving to Fairbourne and becoming a member of the Barmouth Fundraising Committee and has been responsible for collecting lifeboat boxes from Fairbourne and the surrounding areas for many years.

The next event in the RNLI calendar will be the annual New Year’s Day Dip on 1 January 2018 at 11 am. The dip is open to anyone feeling brave enough to participate and sponsor forms can be obtained from Barmouth Lifeboat Station or by emailing

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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