Weather fails to dampen Redcar RNLI fundraising
Drizzle failed to dampen the generosity of people in Redcar as the town’s lifeboat day raised over £2700 for the RNLI.
The annual lifeboat day, held on Saturday 22 July 2017, began with the two RNLI lifeboat on display in the High Street. The crew were helped in their fundraising by sea cadets from TS Zetland and the RNLI’s own mascot Stormy Stan, made an appearance.
The Redcar RNLI ladies guild had stalls in the High Street and in the lifeboat station.
In the afternoon the two Redcar lifeboats were joined by town’s RNLI lifeguards and the Hartlepool lifeboat for a rescue demonstration.
Peter Haslett, treasurer at Redcar RNLI, said: ‘When we saw what the weather was like we were quite pessimistic about how much we might raise. But, as usual, the town came up trumps for us and we raised £2764.’
Dave Cocks, Redcar’s lifeboat operations manager added: ‘We really can’t thank everyone enough. We are a busy lifeboat station and we’ve already had 40 launches this year. We try and raise locally every penny we spend saving lives. The busier we are, the harder we have to work at fundraising.
‘We enjoy fantastic support from the community in which we are based. Everyone who contributed to our lifeboat day can be proud that they have played their part in helping us bring people back safe and well.’
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.