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Weymouth department store raises thousands of pounds for the RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Generous staff and customers at a local Marks & Spencer store have raised over £4,000 for Weymouth RNLI lifeboat station.

RNLI/ Weymouth lifeboat station

M&S staff members Abbie Gillard, Louise Chaloner and Cheryl Walsh

The Weymouth branch of Marks & Spencer have had the RNLI as their charity of the year and over the last twelve months have raised a staggering £4,867.59 for the charity. The money has been raised by the staff and customers of the local branch through a variety of events such as: selling cakes, having raffles, collection buckets, bag packing and even a bikeathon in the store window display area.

Weymouth lifeboat station fundraiser Teresa Drage has worked closely with staff over the last year and is full of praise for all the effort that they have given towards raising funds for the charity, which is dedicated to saving lives at sea.

Teresa said: 'I would just like to say how wonderful it was working alongside the M&S staff. I really did enjoy it but most of all a big thank you must go to Hazel Coleman and James Mildenstein, who organised the Raffle, Bake Off, Bikeathon, and all the events throughout the store.'

RNLI notes to editors

The enclosed photos show:

  • M&S staff members Abbie Gillard, Louise Chaloner and Cheryl Walsh
  • M&S Branch Manager Ian Seex taking part in the Bikeathon.


M&S Branch Manager Ian Seex on the bike.

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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