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Do your bit and help fund essential kit for RNLI lifeguards in Bridlington

Lifeguards News Release

The RNLI is sending out its own call for help and has launched an appeal to raise £35,000 to fund new lifesaving kit for its lifeguards in Bridlington.

RNLI/Andy Brompton

The RNLI lifeguarding team in East Yorkshire

The charity’s lifeguards are already at their posts on Bridlington North and South beaches keeping a daily watch between 10am and 6pm. As August approaches, the teams are gearing up for an extra influx of visitors.

Having up-to-date rescue kit provides the lifeguards with extra peace of mind and enables them to focus on their role of saving lives and preventing people getting into difficulty.

RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor David Brant, explained: ‘With the school holidays upon us and August just around the corner, our lifeguards’ rescue kit will receive increased use and wear and tear. This means that many items will have to be replaced ahead of next year’s lifeguarding season at Bridlington North and South beaches.

‘Our charity’s lifeguards receive first-class training to ensure that they are equipped to perform anything from minor first-aids through to major rescues, but without up-to-date kit, the teams wouldn’t be able to put this training into action.

‘It would be great if people could support our appeal to raise £35,000 to help fund new equipment. This will enable our lifeguards to continue their lifesaving work next year.’

Amy Casbolt, RNLI Community Fundraising Manager, said: ‘There are loads of ways to get involved with our appeal. Whether it’s staff fundraising at work, taking part in a run such as the RB Hull Marathon, a sponsored walk or organising your own event - our fundraising team can support you all the way.

‘We’d also love it if people popped any spare change into one of our appeal collection buckets or donated via our website. Any contribution, large or small, could help to save a life.’

The appeal will run until 31 December 2017. Examples of RNLI lifeguarding kit and costs include:

· A red and yellow flag (used to indicate where it’s safe to swim) - £17

· Binoculars - £90

· Lifeguard full kit - £872

· Lifeguard inshore rescue boat - £13,000.

For more details about how to get involved or to make a donation, please visit: https://rnli.org/bridlingtonlifeguardappeal or, contact Amy Casbolt, RNLI Community Fundraising Manager on: 07827 957 086, email: Amy_Casbolt@rnli.org/uk

RNLI Picture caption

The photograph shows the RNLI lifeguarding team from East Yorkshire. Credit: RNLI/Andy Brompton.

RNLI media contacts

For more information, please contact Clare Hopps, RNLI Press Officer, North, on 07824 518641 or at clare_hopps@rnli.org.uk

Notes to editors

As RNLI lifeguards need to be physically on the beach during the patrolled hours, ready to respond to emergencies and prevent accidents, the RNLI can’t rely on volunteers to provide this cover seven days a week.

Local authorities part fund the RNLI’s costs, which helps to meet the cost of lifeguard wages.

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 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

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