Great success for Staithes RNLI Lifeboat Weekend

Lifeboats News Release

Staithes and Runswick RNLI enjoyed a hugely successful Lifeboat Weekend raising more than £14,000 for the lifesaving charity with an estimated 3,000 visitors descending on the two villages over the three day event.

RNLI crew dress up in nightgowns to collect money in an RNLI flag

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The famous nightgown parade at Staithes and Runswick RNLI Lifeboat Weekend
Organisers were delighted with the public support, especially as the event came so soon after the dreadful tragedy of 9-year-old Harriet Forster’s death from a cliff collapse only 48 hours earlier.

She was remembered by a minute’s silence at the closing Thanksgiving services at both Staithes and Runswick Bay where Rev. Alan Coates, the station chaplain, read out a specially dedicated prayer.

Lifeboat Weekend co-ordinator Colin Harrison said: ‘The public response was fantastic. It was a weekend tinged with sadness but the money raised goes a very long way in training and equipping our crew so that we can go on and give the best help we can when the call comes in.

‘And very big thanks to our volunteer crew who give so much of their free time to make this event such a success.’

RNLI Media contacts

Grant McKee, Staithes RNLI Press officer 07801 257614/01904 611 360.

Woman TV presenter above row of stalls at Staithes harbour front

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TV antiques expert Caroline Hawley at opening of Staithes & Runswick RNLI Lifeboat Weekend

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