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Cromer RNLI presented with a cheque after sponsored Boxing Day swim

Lifeboats News Release

Cromer RNLI were presented with a cheque for more than £4,000 following a sponsored swim on Boxing Day.

RNLI/Audrey Smith

Richard Leeds LOM Cromer RNLI and crew collecting sponsorship money
The sponsored Boxing Day swim has become an annual event in Cromer with the RNLI always providing the safety cover.

Tony West, a stalwart supporter of the RNLI and also known affectionately as 'Mr Cromer' for his tireless work in assisting with the organisation of Cromer Carnival, passed away last summer.

His widow requested that the sponsorship of the annual swim in the cold waters of the North Sea - which was dedicated to Tony - be given to Cromer RNLI.

After collecting the sponsorship a cheque for £4,078 was presented to the Lifeboat Operations Manager, Richard Leeds, on Saturday 4 February.

Clive Hedges of the North Norfolk Beach Runners, who organised the event said: 'I would like to thank everyone who took part in that cold day and especially Amanda West who asked for Cromer RNLI to receive this money. My thanks must also go to St John's Ambulance and the UK Coastguard. This money is an appreciation of the timeless service that the RNLI puts in to protect all communities.'

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