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Penarth RNLI thank local community for fundraising success

Lifeboats News Release

Penarth RNLI volunteers are delighted to announce that they’ve hit their £52,000 fundraising target and the fundraising appeal has now been closed.

Olympic Gold sailing medallist and RNLI supporter Hannah Mills congratulates Penarth RNLI on their fundraising success

RNLI/Ben Evans

Penarth RNLI thank local community for fundraising success

Since launching the appeal in July 2016 the RNLI volunteers have been touched by the overwhelming support shown to them by their local community. Penarth volunteers were given the challenge of raising £52,000 last summer to fund their new D-class lifeboat. The fundraising appeal was launched by Olympic sailing gold medallist Hannah Mills and quickly went from strength to strength thanks to the community’s support.

Jason Dunlop, Penarth RNLI Lifeboat operations Manager said:

‘As a crew, we have been overwhelmed by the level of support that’s been shown to Penarth RNLI throughout the appeal by our local community. We’re also aware of many more events that have already been arranged and are yet to take place over the following months. As a charity every penny counts and that helps us at Penarth RNLI to save lives at sea.’

A variety of fundraising events were held to raise the £52,000; Sam Warburton was a special guest at a fundraising dinner which raised £11,000 and the local community quickly pulled together a number of events to help the volunteers reach their target.

RNLI Community Fundraising Manager, Jen Abell thanked the people of Penarth for their support:

‘The support Penarth RNLI has received from their local community has been phenomenal. What’s really struck me is that all-ages of the community joined together to support the appeal. It’s inspiring the number of schools that organised a fundraising event to help their local crew – let’s hope that support will develop over time as the pupils look into becoming future crew and volunteers!’

‘Even though the lifeboat appeal has now closed, Penarth RNLI – like all lifeboat stations across the coast – needs the continuous support of their local community to save lives at sea.’

For more information on supporting the RNLI in Penarth please contact the station or visit the RNLI website.

Notes to editor

Attached is a photo of Olympic Gold sailing medallist and RNLI supporter Hannah Mills, who visited the lifeboat station to congratulate the crew on their fundraising success. Credit: Ben Evans.

RNLI media contact

For more information contact Andy Berry, Penarth Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07951 051128. Alternatively contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Public Relations Manager on 01745 585162 / 07771 941390 or email

Olympic Gold sailing medallist and RNLI supporter Hannah Mills congratulates Penarth RNLI on their fundraising success

RNLI/Ben Evans

Penarth RNLI thank local community for fundraising success

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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.

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