Loch Fyne debuts exclusive ‘Mayday’ menu in support of RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Loch Fyne Seafood & Grill is helping raise vital funds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) with a special Mayday menu, as part of the charity’s national annual fundraising event Mayday, which is calling on people to ‘Do your bit, fund our kit’.

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Dave Bursey, Suzie Jupp, Rachael Bentley, Oli Mallinson

Throughout the month of May, when a customer dines from this special edition menu at one of the 38 Loch Fyne Seafood & Grill restaurants across the country, the organisation will make a donation to the RNLI Mayday fundraiser. The menu includes a refreshing Traditional Cloudy Lemonade and Cucumber Gin Lemonade, Whole Grilled South Coast Lemon Sole, and Pan-Fried Honey-Glazed Duck Breast.

The RNLI’s Mayday campaign runs throughout the month of May and aims to raise £750,000 this year to fund vital lifesaving kit for the charity’s volunteer lifeboat crews. It costs £1,593 to provide an all-weather lifeboat crew member with all of the vital kit that they need during a rescue and every penny raised will help lifeboat crews to continue saving lives at sea.

Penny Baldwin, Marketing Manager at Loch Fyne Seafood & Grill, said: ‘We have worked closely with the RNLI for many years, to raise donations with numerous campaigns for a very worthy cause. We are delighted to support this year’s Mayday fundraiser with a special, sustainably fished and flavoursome menu to help the RNLI kit out their courageous volunteers.’

Four volunteer crew members from Poole Lifeboat Station were invited to try out the RNLI Mayday menu for themselves at a special lunch held at Loch Fyne’s Seafood & Grill restaurant in Poole.

Rachael Bentley, volunteer crew member at Poole Lifeboat Station, said: ‘It was a bit of a treat to be invited to try out the special RNLI Mayday menu. RNLI volunteer crew members are willing to drop everything to go and save lives at sea when their pagers beep. Our lifeboat crew kit is absolutely vital when we’re out in all weathers saving lives at sea. If people want to do their bit to fund our kit, it’s as easy as booking a table at Loch Fyne Seafood & Grill during the month of May.’

Anyone who would like to find out more about the exclusive menu should visit lochfyneseafoodandgrill.co.uk/rnli-mayday. If you would like to get involved in the RNLI’s Mayday campaign, visit RNLI.org/Mayday to register for a free Mayday fundraising pack. The pack provides ideas on ways you can support Mayday this year, such as wearing your wellies to work, a sponsored welly walk or cycle ride, or by holding a bake sale.

The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations around the UK and Ireland. Last year, RNLI lifeboat crews launched 8,851 times, rescuing 8,643 people and saving 431 lives.

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For more information, please contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789 or email pressoffice@rnli.org.uk.

Key facts about Loch Fyne

Loch Fyne Seafood & Grill’s founder, Johnny Noble, grew up on the shores of Loch Fyne, set within the majestic landscape of the Scottish Highlands. His desire to create a sustainable future for this unique environment and community led him to develop the first oyster farm with partner Andrew Lane in the late 1970s. Today the Loch Fyne Seafood & Grill restaurant group has 38 restaurants throughout the UK. Loch Fyne Seafood & Grill works hard to remain true to its roots and sustainably sources all its fresh fish and seafood, with much of the shellfish and smoked fish served in the restaurants freshly delivered from Loch Fyne. Loch Fyne Seafood & Grill never serves fish from endangered stocks and ensures that the products used in the restaurants derive from a sustainable resource, either wild or responsibly farmed.

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Suzie Jupp, Oli Mallinson, Dave Bursey, Rachael Bentley

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Drinks from the RNLI Mayday Specials menu

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Whole Grilled South Coast Lemon Sole

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Pan-Fried Honey-Glazed Duck

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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