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School cash boost for Hartlepool RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Pupils at The English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College at Hartlepool have raised £1848.50 for the Hartlepool RNLI charity.

Steve Hope/English Martyrs School

Steve Pounder and Chris Hornsey(centre) of Hartlepool RNLI shown receiving the cheque from Year 11 students, Anjalee Dhaliwal and Jaden Chera accompanied by House Leader, Lewis Nicholson(right).
The two year fundraising event was proposed by former staff member Mike Craddy who at the time was Lifeboat Operations Manager at the Ferry Road RNLI station.
Lewis Nicholson who is Head of House of 'St Margaret Clitheroe' at the Catcote Road school said 'The pupils have held a variety of fundraising activities such as cake stalls, non-uniform days, guess how many sweets in a jar and with donations from collection tins have all helped to bring the total to this impressive amount for this fantastic charity'.
Following the cheque presentation at the Ferry Road lifeboat station Lifeboats Operations Manager Chris Hornsey said 'I would like to thank both the pupils and staff from English Martyrs for all their efforts to raise this money that will help our volunteer crewmembers save lives at sea'.
'We have had another very busy year and its vital donations such as this that means we can provide this life saving service'.

For more information please contact RNLI Volunteer Press Officer, Tom Collins on: 01429 266103 or email

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 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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