Enjoy a fish supper with a lifesaving twist at the RNLI College
Fantastic fish dishes, a Michelin-starred chef and the opportunity to raise vital funds to help save lives at sea await those who want to sink their teeth into a special event at the RNLI College in Poole on Thursday 5 October.
The evening is being held in support of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) Fish Supper fundraiser and will see Alex Aitken, chef patron of the award-winning Christchurch restaurant The Jetty, recreate two of his favourite fish dishes for 150 guests.
Diners will have the pleasure of enjoying Alex’s Cannelloni of Smoked Salmon starter followed by his Cod and Crab main dish, as well as enjoying a talk from the man himself. A dessert of RNLI lime and lemon bavarois will be served, as well as coffee and dark chocolates. A vegetarian option of Cannelloni of Carrot followed by Mouli and Mushrooms will also be available.
These mouth-watering fish dishes have appeared on the menu of Alex’s Michelin-starred Le Poussin restaurant and are currently served at The Jetty in Mudeford.
The RNLI’s Fish Supper fundraiser, which runs over the weekend of 13–15 October, encourages people across the country to host a fish meal with friends and family to raise funds to support the charity’s lifesaving work.
Alex Aitken said: ‘I’m really looking forward to cooking two of my favourite fish dishes at the RNLI College.
‘The evening is for a really great cause and I’d encourage others to take part in the RNLI’s Fish Supper fundraiser. Whether you’re an expert cook or an absolute novice, give it a go and enjoy serving up a tasty fish dish while supporting such a vital charity.’
There will also be after-dinner talks from Poole-based experienced yachtsman Dr Tim Howard and the RNLI’s Glen Mallen.
Dr Howard has been rescued twice by RNLI lifeboat crews. The first time was in 1961 when he was caught in Force 7 winds off Falmouth and the second rescue was 20 years ago when he capsized a catamaran off Brownsea Island.
Glen Mallen is a Lifesaving Manager at the RNLI and was a volunteer crew member at Poole Lifeboat Station for 20 years, serving in the roles of coxswain and helm.
Dr Tim Howard, who took part in the Clipper Round the World race in 2005/6, said: ‘I know better than most people what an important service the RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crews provide, having been rescued not once, but twice by them! I’m looking forward to telling everyone at this event about the two dramatic rescues that I was involved in and I hope we raise lots of money for this great cause.’
Tickets for the event are priced at £37.50 per person and can be purchased by phone on 01202 663489 or email
Over the weekend of 13–15 October, thousands of people across the UK and Ireland will be serving up fish dishes for loved ones to raise vital funds to support the RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crews through Fish Supper.
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Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.