View as PDF

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.’

RNLI media contact

For more information please telephone Tom Collins, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07896 793557.

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.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.


The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland