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Cheers! Hartlepool Round Table donation boosts RNLI funds

Lifeboats News Release

A generous donation of £500 raised from the recent Hartlepool Round Table Beer Festival that was held at the Borough Hall was presented to the Hartlepool RNLI at Cafe 177 on Thursday evening.

RNLI/Tom Collins

Hartlepool Round Table chairman Dominic Wheatley(centre) presents the cheque to Hartlepool RNLI coxswain Robbie Maiden and lifeboat operations manager Mike Craddy(left).

Hartlepool Round Table Chairman Dominic Wheatley said: ‘The donation is in recognition for the volunteers continued support for our Boxing Day Dip event and helping save lives at sea.'

Hartlepool RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Mike Craddy said: ‘Once again we would like to thank the Hartlepool Round Table members who worked extremely hard to make the beer festival a success and for the donation that will go towards replacing personal protective equipment for the volunteer crew members at the Ferry Road lifeboat station.'

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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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