Burry Port RNLI Lifeboat Station appeal receives a welcome boost

Lifeboats News Release

The New Lifeboat Station Appeal at Burry Port has received a tremendous boost from the Swansea Bay Business Club, when it was announced at their first networking lunch for 2018, that Burry Port RNLI will be the Club's chosen charity of the year.

Mr Gardner addresses the SBBC

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President of Swansea Bay Business Club, Mr.Paul Gardner

The announcement was made by the Club President, Mr Paul Gardner, who is the club's President for 2018/19. Funds raised during the club’s first year of fundraising during Paul’s tenure will be put towards the build of Burry Port’s new lifeboat station.

Mr. Gardner stated:-

‘I have chosen the RNLI as a charity I admire for the volunteer ethos behind every life saved. It’s important to me that our fundraising efforts contribute to this new build, and that we leave a lasting legacy on the coastline within which Swansea Bay Business Club members live and work.’

In attendance at the lunch, held at the Marriott Hotel in Swansea, were Jen Abell, RNLI Area Fundraising Manager and Roger Bowen, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Burry Port RNLI. Both were invited to speak to the large audience.

Roger Bowen commented:

'I am delighted that the station has been chosen as the charity for the year, we received a very warm welcome and many questions asked during the informal part of the proceedings. The RNLI was extremely grateful for the invitation and honoured to be the chosen.'

‘The club offers a platform for business men and women to come together on a regular basis and aims to help stimulate growth amongst businesses across the Swansea Bay City Region.

'This is a really positive start to the appeal, which will run during the construction phase of the project.'

To donate towards the appeal, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/burryportlifeboatstation or call 0300 300 0128.

For advice about organising a fundraising event please email Burry-Port@rnli.org.uk, communitysupportteam@rnli.org.uk or 0300 300 0128.

To find out more about Swansea Bay Business Club visit www.swanseabaybusinessclub.com.

Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Alun Wells, Burry Port RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07717 881650.

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Jen Abell, RNLI Community Fundraising Manager

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Roger Bowen addressing the SBBC membership

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Alan Brayley, Vice President Swansea Business Club, Roger Bowen, Burry Port Lifeboat Station, Paul Gardner President Swansea Business Club, Jen Abell, RNLI Community Fundraisng Manager

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