St Bees outdoor concert raises £836 for RNLI.
On Saturday 7th July St Bees RNLI volunteer and Trainee Helm Dalton Watson raised the grand total of £836 for the RNLI by organising a fundraising concert at the Queens Public House in St Bees.
27 year old Dalton, who started his lifeboat career doing his Duke of Edinburgh Award, first thought of using local bands to raise money for the RNLI last year. He got to see all his planning and hard work come together on Saturday as local musicians, Rogues, Springfiels, Newtonsmith and Joe Riley provided the entertainment.
The start time for the concert was put back to allow people to watch England play in the World Cup quarter final. Following England’s victory the crowd were in a buoyant mood and ready for an evening of music and fundraising.
Dalton had spent many hours planning the event, talking to the bands and getting them to perform for free, persuading Dave & Joan Berry (landlord and landlady of the Queens) that having live music in their new beer garden would be a good idea and arranging all the RNLI flags and bunting that decorated the event.
Dalton said ‘I’m really pleased with how it all went. The sun and the football result helped put everyone in a party mood from the start and this carried on through the evening. I would like to thank Dave & Joan at the Queens for supplying the venue, the bands for putting on a great show, my fellow volunteers for all their help as well as everyone who came along to support the RNLI and help raise such a large amount of money, it will help us to continue saving lives at sea and I might even do it all again next year.'
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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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