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Rhyl lifeboat station Boxing Day dip 2016 raises over £3000 for the RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

The event total exceeds the inaugural 2015 RNLI event.

As result of fundraising for the funds of the Boxing Day Dip, held at Rhyl on 26/12/2016.

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'Belief' group present cheque to Rhyl station

The organisers of Rhyl RNLI Boxing day dip were thrilled to receive a cheque from the fundraising group "Belief" which swelled the coffers, after some of their members took part; and their efforts helped gather a fund-matching figure from Barclays Bank.

The final funds raised by the event totalled nearly £3250.00. This is a great result for the dip, which is only in it's infancy at Rhyl, but promises to be a standard in the calendar of events for Rhyl.

Yvette Green from Belief says ' We are a local fundraising group who raise money for local people and local causes. We now have 60 members and we actively take part in fundraising from holding pub quizzes to doing triathlons. Last year 6 Belief members took part in the dip and enjoyed it so much we managed to encourage a few more to join us this year and we had a team of 15. We all embraced the team spirit to raise funds for our local Lifeboat station. Among our members is Amanda ( from the Cob and Pen pub) who raised a whopping £500.00. We are really looking forward to 26.12.2017! '

The crew at Rhyl lifeboat would also like to congratulate Amanda on her marriage to co-owner Noel on 14th January 2017. We wish them all the best, and thank them for their support. They provide sandwiches for the crew on training nights and after exercises, when the crew patronise the public house.

The crew are also grateful to Barclays bank in providing fund-matching at the event, up to a total of £1000.00.

Coxswain Martin Jones of Rhyl lifeboat says ' The station is very grateful to these hardy people who support us on the day, and throughout the year. As a charity, we rely on their donations to keep the RNLI afloat'

The attached picture (copyright Belief) shows Belief member Steve Evans (R of cheque) presenting Coxswain Martin Jones with the cheque.

Dippers entering the water (albeit briefly!)

RNLI/Paul Frost MBE 07894 105165

Rhyl Boxing Day Dip 26/12/2016

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