RNLI Memorial fund continues to benefit from Sunderland Music CD

Lifeboats News Release

This weekend, volunteers from Sunderland RNLI lifeboat station will be in the Bridges shopping centre selling copies of a music CD which is being used to raise funds for the memorial fund set up in memory of ex Sunderland RNLI volunteer Andrew Cantle.

Image of Andrew Cantle's mam and brother with artists from the CD.

RNLI/Paul Nicholson

Image of Andrew Cantle's mam and brother with artists from the CD.
The CD was initially put together to promote the 'Speakeasy' as well as promote the Sunderland live music scene; but while it was being made it was decided that all sales from the CD would go towards Andrew Cantles memorial fund in aid of Sunderland RNLI.

The volunteers stall will be located within the Bridges shopping centre, on Walworth Way opposite Bodycare.

There are eleven tracks on the CD, all performed by 'Speakeasy' regulars. All but two of the tracks are self-penned and the performances are wonderful.

The disc features a track by Andy McGill, a volunteer himself with Sunderland RNLI. Andy a Funeral Director from Roker has been a volunteer crewman with the RNLI for the last 3 years.

The target of the memorial fund is to raise enough money to fund the next D Class inshore lifeboat to be stationed at Sunderland which will be named after Andrew (Cantle). The funds current total stands at almost £32,500 aims to raise £40,000 in the next three years.

Andrew, who lived in Rawcliffe, York with partner, Beth Webster, was tragically killed on 10th February six years ago (2011) when the Manx2.com commuter plane he was co-piloting crashed at Cork Airport in thick fog.

Andrew Cantle (aged 27) first became involved with Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat station in 2000 when he decided to serve with the charity as part of the Community Service element of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

After completing the award in 2001 he decided to stay with the charity and serve as volunteer lifeboat crew where he served until 2008, when he moved to York to take up his career as an airline pilot. During this time he took part in 65 emergency missions which resulted in the rescue of 66 people.

Andy McGill, volunteer crew at Sunderland RNLI: ‘We are hoping the sales from the CD will help push the fund closer towards its target of £40,000. We are all very thankful to George & the team for choosing the RNLI and Andy’s memorial fund in particular as the charity to benefit from the sale of the CD. Another key thank you must go to the local sponsors who have ensured every penny raised from the sale of the CD will go directly towards paying for the next D Class inshore lifeboat in Andy's name’.

RNLI 'Forever by the Sea' funds is a positive and powerful way to honour the life of someone special. By setting up a fund in the name of your loved one, you can turn treasured memories into practical support for courageous volunteer lifeboat crews.

For more information about or how to setup a forever by the sea memorial fund go to RNLI website.

As a registered charity the RNLI relies on voluntary donations and legacies from the public for its income.


Image Notes

(1) Image of Andrew Cantle's mam and brother with artists from the CD. (copyright – RNLI)

Notes to editors

• Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat Station is the oldest continually operation lifeboat in the United Kingdom. It was originally opened in 1800 before being adopted by the RNLI in 1865.

• Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat Station operates its own website www.rnlisunderland.org where supporters can keep up to date with station specific activities.

• Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat Station has a profile on Twitter (SunderlandRNLI) and Facebook (RNLI Sunderland) where supporters can keep up to date with station specific activities and news.

• Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat Station operates two inshore type lifeboats: An Atlantic 85 8.3m inflatable capable of 35 knots and a D Class (IB-1) 4.5m inflatable capable of 25 knots.
RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone:

Paul Nicholson, Sunderland RNLI Press Officer on 07957 494 077 or email - pauldnich@yahoo.co.uk or

Alex Richards, Sunderland RNLI Press Officer on 07540 530 395 or email - alex.richards@stc.ac.uk

As an alternative please contact Alison Levett, Media Relations Manager North on 07786 668 912 or alevett@rnli.org.uk or RNLI Headquarters Public Relations on 01202 336000.

CD Cover

RNLI/Paul Nicholson

CD Cover
Andrew Cantle

RNLI/Paul Nicholson

Andrew Cantle

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