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Christmas and New Year fundraising raises over £6,000 for RNLI Cullercoats

Lifeboats News Release

Two annual fundraising events in Cullercoats together with the sale of Christmas cards and calendars have raised the magnificent sum of £6,221 for the local Lifeboat station. All thanks to a big community effort and the support of local businesses which helped raise this fantastic amount.

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Kathy Blackman presenting a cheque to lifeboat crew
On New Year’s Day both The Quarry pub and the Crescent Club in Cullercoats arranged fundraising events for the RNLI holding planned events such as raffles, auctions and collections. The crew versus The Quarry regulars’ annual ‘tug of war’ resulted in a 2-1 victory to the lifeboat volunteers. The pub has been involved in raising funds for the lifeboat for over 30 years and is always well supported by the customers. Their efforts raised over £750.

In the afternoon the Crescent Club held their fundraising events with domino cards, raffles and the crew were involved in some of the entertainment by way of having buckets of water thrown over them by the club regulars. The main organiser of the Crescent Club fundraising, Kathy Blackman said: ‘I would like to thank the customers of Cullercoats Crescent Club for their financial support and for buying tickets and donating money in our collections. Also a big thank you must go to people who have donated gifts and prizes in the months previous to the raffle. An amount of £1,559 was donated to Cullercoats Lifeboat.’

The sale of Christmas cards and calendars throughout November and December helped raise a further £3,911. Frank Taylor, Operations Manager of RNLI Cullercoats said: ‘I would like to express my thanks to all of the local businesses and shops who helped to sell our cards and calendars and to everyone who supported the lifeboat by buying them. All the money raised will go to help save lives at sea.’

: Courtesy Michael Scott RNLI Cullercoats.

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