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Hartlepool RNLI fundraisers celebrate 25 years.

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI Enterprise Branch celebrated 25 years of fundraising for the charity that saves lives at sea.

RNLI/Malcolm Wallis

Beryl Sherry (seated centre)with fellow fundraisers,Lifeboat volunteers and guests at the 25th anniversary event at Hartlepool lifeboat station
Volunteer fundraisers gathered at Hartlepool RNLI lifeboat station to celebrate 25 years raising money for Hartlepool RNLI.

Hartlepool RNLI Enterprise Branch chairperson, Beryl Sherry, said 'When my brother-in-law, Eric Reeve, became Coxwain of Hartlepool Lifeboat he suggested I start a new fundraising branch for the lifeboat station and now 25 years later we have raised over a quarter of a million pounds to help save lives at sea.

I would like to thank the members of the Enterprise Branch that have worked tirelessly over the years and the people of Hartlepool and surrounding area who have given generously to the charity.'

Mike Craddy, Hartlepool RNLI Operations Manager, praised the work of the fundraising team saying, 'Its a brilliant achievement, all their hard work and dedication is very much appreciated. As a charity we depend on public donations without which we could not continue to help save lives at sea.'

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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