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Successful Mayday event at Ramsgate

Lifeboats News Release

Ramsgate lifeboat's fundraisers held a very successful fund raising and safety information event last Saturday in support of the RNLI's Mayday 'yellow welly' appeal.

Sainsbury's staff, RNLI Lifeguards and Stormy Stan on 6 May

RNLI/John Ray

Mayday event 6 May - Sainsbury's staff, RNLI Lifeguards and Stormy Stan
The event was held at the local Sainsbury's Westwood store where the staff have chosen Ramsgate RNLI as their charity of the year. As well as the fundraisers members of the South East RNLI Lifeguard team, Ramsgate lifeboat crew and RNLI Education presenters were in attendance as well as volunteer staff from the RNLI shop selling souvenirs. Stormy Stan also came along, as usual proving to be a great attraction especially to the young customers wanting to say 'hello' and have there picture taken with him. Great support was shown by many of the store's customers who generously donated and purchased 'Yellow Welly' badges.

Our thanks go to the management and staff at the store for facilitating the event, to all those who helped and supported us on the day and especially to fundraiser Jan Pearce for all her hard work in organising the event.
Lifeguards with their display on 6 May

RNLI/John Ray

RNLI Lifeguards at Ramsgate Fundraiser on 6 May

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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.

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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