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Micro pub makes a mega donation to the Sheerness RNLI lifeboat station

Lifeboats News Release

A cheque for £3000 was given to the Sheerness RNLI lifeboat station by representatives from a Queenborough micro pub.

Representatives from the Admirals Arm handing over the cheque for £3000 to lifeboat coxswain Robin Castle and crew members on board The George and Ivy Swanson

RNLI/Vic Booth

Mega cheque from a micro pub

The money has been donated by The Admirals Arm micro pub which is situated at Trafalgar Court, West Street in Queenborough on the Isle of Sheppey.

Representatives from the Admirals Arm visited the Sheerness RNLI lifeboat station on Sunday 14 May to hand over the cheque which was received on behalf of the station and crew members by the Sheerness RNLI lifeboat coxswain Robin Castle.

Robin said: ‘we are very grateful to the customers and staff at the Admirals Arm for their most generous donation. The money will be spent on replacing crew safety clothing and crew training equipment’

After handing over the cheque, landlord Chris Collier along with Rachel Collier, Joe Collier, Bruce and Karen Groom and Lee and Louise Epthorp were given a tour of the lifeboat station and the lifeboats before being taken out to sea on the Sheerness all weather lifeboat ‘The George and Ivy Swanson’ where they were given firsthand experience of the capabilities of the lifeboats and the expertise of the volunteer crew members.

Chris said:’ today we had the great honour of handing over £3000 raised by all our customers here at the Admiral's Arm to the Sheerness RNLI lifeboat station. The money has been raised in the main at our quiz nights which are held every Thursday night at 8.00pm .

Especially big thanks to all our Quiz Masters who are Lee Epthorp, Bruce Groom, John Sissons and finally Mark Tucker who all give up their time to host our Thursday night quizzes. I would also like to thank to everyone who has paid the fine for using their mobile phone in the pub and to everyone who puts their change in the lifeboat collection box.

Finally from all at The Admirals Arm a massive thank you to all the Sheerness lifeboat crew who volunteer to save lives at sea’

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Media contacts:

Vic Booth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer (Sheerness) 07926904453 / 01795 880544 vic_booth@rnli.org.uk

Paul Dunt RNLI Press Officer S.E. paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk 07786668825

• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East) on 0207

For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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