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It's a supermarket sweep for Ramsgate RNLI!

Lifeboats News Release

Ramsgate RNLI has been celebrating a fantastic donation of more than £5,300 after being nominated by its local Co-op store as its good cause.

The Ramsgate crew collect the bumper cheque from the Co-op.

RNLI/Sarah Hewes

The Ramsgate crew collect the bumper cheque from the Co-op.

Each year the Co-op supermarket asks its members to nominate via its website for a local cause. After supporting documentation is received three local causes are allocated a couple of Co-op sites and 1% of every £1 spent on Co-op branded goods in those stores are donated to the members choice.

Ramsgate's fundraising Chairman, who shops locally with the Co-op, made the application and was allocated the Co-op in Grange Rd, the Funeral parlour in Ramsgate as well as the petrol station in Minister.

The appeal is for a whole year from October 2017 and recently the coxswain and his crew, supporters and fund raisers went along to be presented with the cheque for £5,382.50 by the store manager.

However that wasn’t all. One the staff members was tasked, as part of his role development , to become involved with the nominated causes. He arranged two information days at the store with an RNLI table manned by staff and volunteers.

Then on the day the crew visited, he organised a cake sale and the proceeds from these events raised a further £131.37 thanks to their very customers.

'Without generous donations such as this it would be impossible for us to carry on saving lives at sea,' said Ramsgate Lifeboat Press Officer Karen Cox. 'The RNLI doesn't receive any funding from government, so it's great to see such support from local people. With Christmas coming our crew will be on their pagers all over the holidays and it's a great comfort to know the work we do is appreciated.'


Media Contacts:

Karen Cox Volunteer Press Officer email (07779 )848431

Paul Dunt Regional Media Officer London and South East tel (07785) 296252

On the cake stall with one of the RNLI's fundraisers

RNLI/Sarah Hewes

On the cake stall with one of the RNLI's fundraisers

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