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.'

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