Local bar throws New Year’s Eve bash in aid of Sunderland RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

The management of The Rabbit, located in Sunderland City Centre, has decided to celebrate the New Year by hosting a fundraising event for their local RNLI Lifeboat Station.

RNLI/Paul Nicholson

Sunderland RNLI Station has a history of 218 years of saving lives at sea. During those years the class and types of lifeboats has changed from sail and oar, to today's state of the art power craft equipped with navigation aids and capable of speeds of up to 35 knots.

Organiser, Chloe Robson states ‘The event will be a fun and exciting evening with plenty going on such as; live entertainment, as well as a huge luxury raffle! It will be a great opportunity to raise money for a charity that we, Sunderland, heavily rely on. We want the event to mark the year of 2018 and begin the New Year with special thank you to all the RNLI’s volunteer crew, fundraisers and supporters.’

The FREE event will take place on Monday 31st December 2018 at 7pm. All crew, supporters and general public will be welcome to this event with the encouragement of “The more the merrier”. Join us whilst we celebrate and be in with the chance of winning a giant bear each week in the lead-up to the event, not to mention some of the other great prizes such as; TVs, Luxury Hampers, a mini get-away and much more! All proceedings from raffle tickets will be going to the Sunderland Lifeboat Station.


Notes to editors

• Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat Station is the oldest continually operational lifeboat in the United Kingdom. It was originally opened in 1800 before being adopted by the RNLI in 1865.

• Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat Station has a profile on Twitter (SunderlandRNLI) and Facebook (RNLI Sunderland) where supporters can keep up to date with station specific activities and news.

• Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat Station operates two inshore type lifeboats: An Atlantic 85 8.3m inflatable capable of 35 knots and a D Class (IB-1) 4.5m inflatable capable of 25 knots.

RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone:

Paul Nicholson, Sunderland RNLI Press Officer on 07957 494 077 or email - [email protected] or

Andy McGill, Sunderland RNLI Press Officer (Deputy) on 07980 089 622 or email - [email protected]

As an alternative please contact RNLI Headquarters Public Relations on 01202 336000.

RNLI/Paul Nicholson

RNLI/Paul Nicholson

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