Rotary Club cash boost for Hartlepool RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI were presented with a cheque for £1,350 from the Rotary Club of Hartlepool during a presentation at the Grand Hotel recently.

RNLI/Tom Collins

Past Rotary Club of Hartlepool President Alan Lakey shown presenting the cheque to Steve Pounder(right) of Hartlepool RNLI.

Past Rotary President Alan Lakey said: ‘The RNLI is the most valuable charity that the country has for saving lives at sea.

'I keep in touch with the work of the RNLI and their volunteers and I am very impressed with what they do.

'I had heard that there was a ‘call out’ for new crew kit at the station so this is why we decided the balance of the money raised during my year should go to the Hartlepool RNLI lifeboat station and its volunteer crew members.'

Lifeboat station visits officer and crew member Steve Pounder who received the cheque on behalf of the Hartlepool RNLI said: ‘This very generous donation from the Rotary Club will go towards new kit for the volunteers at the Ferry Road lifeboat station.

'Along with the fantastic training we receive from the RNLI we need a good standard of kit to wear at sea. The cash from the Rotary Club will certainly play a part to help save lives at sea.’

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