Bangers and mash for three at Rye Harbour
RNLI Lifeboat station volunteer crews from Rye Harbour, Littlestone-on-Sea and Dungeness met up on Saturday 3 March for an evening of fun and fund-raising.
Hosted by Rye Harbour station, they were reviving a local tradition of gathering in turn on each other's home turf to enjoy a meal together, yes, but more than that, to raise money for local charities and to build and strengthen bonds between them which might prove crucial when the crews are working at together saving lives at sea.
Rye Harbour crew member Joseph Brown, master-mind of the event and chef for the evening, explained: 'It was a good evening for the RNLI to give something back to the community that gives so much to us '.
This year, £355 was raised to support the Oliver Curd Trust, a charity celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and which provides holiday accommodation to families affected by childhood cancer and other life-threatening and life-limiting conditions. 'This is a cause,' Joseph affirmed, 'close to all our hearts '.
As well as the bangers and mash (sausages kindly donated by Broad Oak Bangers and the Runcible Spoon), there was friendly competition for a games' trophy awarded for darts, shove ha’penny, pool, indoor horse-racing and even a very lively ‘snap’ contest. The winning team: The Other Halves (wives and partners of the crew members).
The early twentieth century US presidential adviser Booker T. Washington once observed: 'Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others', a truth clearly borne out by these volunteer lifeboat crews coming together to support a fellow charity.
RNLI Media contacts
Martin Bruce, Rye Harbour RNLI volunteer Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer (07789) 818878 firstname.lastname@example.org
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For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789
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 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.