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TAQA’s Fish Supper sees lifeboat mascot Stormy Stan feeling 'just chipper'!

Lifeboats News Release

Lifeboat mascot ‘Stormy Stan’ made a surprise appearance at energy company TAQA’s staff restaurant in Westhill to thank staff for supporting the charity that saves lives at sea by holding a ‘Fish Supper Fundraiser’ as part of the RNLI’s national campaign

Andy Smith (right), technical safety engineer with TAQA, shows his outrage as Aberdeen Lifeboat mascot Stormy Stan makes an audacious bid to steal his lunch on TAQA’s Fish Supper Friday.

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Andy Smith (right), technical safety engineer with TAQA, shows his outrage as Aberdeen Lifeboat mascot Stormy Stan makes an audacious bid to steal his lunch on TAQA’s Fish Supper Friday.

TAQA employees have voted to adopt the RNLI as one of their two Charities of the Year to be supported by staff fundraising initiative.

Offshore staff, too, joined in the fun: Fish Supper Friday was celebrated on board each of TAQA’s 5 UK offshore installations, bringing further valuable funds to the local charities.

Andy Smith, technical safety engineer (pictured), had to fight off the marauding mascot to enjoy his lunch in peace.

Andy Smith says: ‘It certainly lightened up lunchtime! Great to be supporting a fantastic charity of volunteers, all dedicated to saving lives at sea’.

Chef Manager Brian Reid reported that over 120 fish suppers were sold in the onshore restaurant alone, with all the proceeds – and many donations besides – going to TAQA’s adopted local charities.

After tucking into his own fine feed of fish, the larger-than-life Stormy Stan announced he was ‘feeling chipper’ before resuming his round of socialising with staff and the catering team.

Margaret Farquhar CBE, former Lord Provost of Aberdeen and now Chair of Aberdeen Branch of the RNLI says: “We’re hugely grateful to TAQA – and to the many other businesses and individuals who are hosting Fish Suppers to raise funds for the RNLI this October. It is the generosity of our community which enables Aberdeen’s volunteer crews to keep our lifeboats available for rescue work in all weathers, day and night, 365 days a year. Thank you so much.”

Key facts about the RNLI

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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