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 Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.
The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.
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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland