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McColl’s lifesaver

Lifeboats News Release

McColl’s Supermarket at Connahs Quay has donated a cheque for £150 to Flint RNLI.

Presentation of cheque

RNLI/Richard Polden

Alan Forrester RNLI, Sian Atkinson McColl's & David Roberts RNLI

Sian Atkinson, store manager of McColl’s Supermarket Connahs Quay, presented Flint RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager Alan Forrester with a cheque for £150 toward the cost of training and equipment at Flint RNLI.

The money was raised from the sale of products to support the local community.

Alan Forrester said: ‘We are very grateful to McColl’s and their customers for their generosity, this is where the rescue begins.’

Earlier in the day the RNLI team had been in Church Street, Flint advertising the lifeboat Beacon & Fireworks night, this year the event takes place on Friday 3rd November.

Photo 1 McColl’s Connahs Quay, Alan Forrester RNLI, Sian Atkinson Manager McColl’s, & David Roberts RNLI

Photo 2 Church Street Flint, RNLI team Chris Barnes, David Roberts, & Alan Forrester

Notes to editors

  • Flint RNLI lifeboat station was established 1966. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to

Flint lifeboat as at 31st December 2016 has launched 678 times, saved 97 lives, and

Rescued a further 225 people

  • Flint lifeboat and its volunteer crew responded to 14 calls and saved 1 life in 2016
  • Flint lifeboat has responded to 11 incidents and saved 1 life in 2017.
  • Potential lifeboat crew and fundraising volunteers, contact Alan Forrester on 07785593247


RNLI media contacts

Richard Polden, Flint RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 01352711185 or 07496770596 or Danielle Rush, RNLI Media Relations Manager in Wales on 01745585162 or 07786668829 or RNLI Press Office 01202336789.

Firework display launch

RNLI/Richard Polden

Flint RNLI team Chris Barnes, David Roberts, & Alan Forrester

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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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