Hastings decorators give a ladder up to help the town’s Lifeboat Station

Lifeboats News Release

A decorating company in Hastings will be going from changing rooms to saving lives this Sunday (July 8) as it holds a sponsored beach clean in aid of Hastings Lifeboat Station.

The Hastings D class lifeboat

RNLI/Paul Kelly

The Hastings D class lifeboat

Staff from the Brewers Decorator Centre in Hastings, along with their families and customers will be holding a beach clean at Rock-a-Nore beach between 9.30am and 11.30am, to coincide with low tide, and will also be collecting money for the RNLI at the same time.

The company has already raised £500 for Hastings RNLI lifeboat station and hope to increase this total. It’s hoped that the crew of Hasting’s inshore lifeboat, which will be exercising in the area, will also be able to pay a visit and meet the team and thank them for their support.

Joining the clean-up will be a pair of local RNLI lifeguards, including Lifeguard Supervisor Hugh Richardson who commented: ‘As a regular beach user and the fact that this is my place of work there is a lot of litter left on the beach around this area. This is a fantastic occasion to unite the local community, RNLI lifeboat crew and RNLI lifeguards’.

Brewers Hastings Branch Manager, Mandy Verrall said: ‘Living and working in a coastal town, we really appreciate the sense of safety the local RNLI Lifeboat Station provides so that we can enjoy the sea at its best’.

Brewers Hastings is located just off the seafront and so it plays a big part of our lives. We really wanted to do something that would help the local community, increase awareness of keeping our beaches clean and raise money for such a worthwhile charity. We came up with The Big Brewers Beach Clean just in time to enjoy the beach this summer!’

RNLI Community Fundraising Manager Ellie Wood said: ‘We are very grateful to the company for being involved in the beach clean event, not only is this a great opportunity to support the lifeboat station, it also helps to raise awareness of the litter issues that our beaches and seas are facing.’

You can support the initiative by visiting: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/big-brewers-beach-clean-hastings.

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Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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