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Haven Holidays partners with the RNLI to save lives at sea

Lifeboats News Release

Leading family holiday company, Haven, has partnered with the charity that saves lives as sea, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), for a minimum of three years.

A female RNLI lifeboat crew member and male RNLI lifeguards with Haven pool lifeguards, RNLI mascots Stormy Stan and Haven mascot Rory the Tiger launch Haven and the RNLI's new partnership on the beach at Haven's Rockley Park holiday park in Poole

Haven Holidays

RNLI lifeboat crew members and lifeguards joined Haven pool lifeguards and mascots Stormy Stan (RNLI) and Rory the Tiger (Haven) to launch the partnership at Haven's Rockley Park holiday park in Poole

The partnership, which officially launches today – Monday 26 March – will see the RNLI become Haven’s exclusive national charity partner. Both organisations are part of the fabric of British holidays and trips to the coast, making them perfectly placed to share vital water safety messages together.

The partnership aims to fully integrate the RNLI with the Haven offering across their 36 family holiday parks, supporting Haven’s ‘Safe and Secure’ attitude to water and beach activities.

In 2018, Haven will be supporting the RNLI’s Mayday and Fish Supper fundraising campaigns and encouraging families to discover more about the importance of beach safety through a combination of engaging on-site events and adventurous activities.

From 1 May, Haven will be introducing a brand-new activity created with the RNLI called Coastal Explorer as part of its popular Nature Rockz programme across all 36 holiday parks. This free activity will give holidaymakers the opportunity to take part in an expert guided beach safety session led by Haven’s experienced coastal rangers.

Jane Bentall, Managing Director at Haven, says: ‘We are very proud to be partnering with the RNLI over the next three years. As a family holiday provider with locations all around the Great British coast we have a ‘Safe and Secure’ attitude towards water and beach activities, which makes the RNLI the perfect fit for Haven.

‘In 2017, we welcomed over 2.6m holidaymakers to our holiday parks, many travelling from inland towns and cities. This partnership gives us a huge opportunity to share vital water safety messaging with all our guests.’

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. Every day, its 238 volunteer lifeboat crews are on call to help people in danger in the water. And, through the holiday season, RNLI lifeguards patrol more than 240 British beaches to keep people safe. All year round, the charity works with communities across the UK and Ireland, explaining the risks and sharing safety advice to prevent tragedies on and offshore.

Leesa Harwood, Director of Community Lifesaving at the RNLI, says, ‘Our partnership with Haven is an exciting opportunity to talk with thousands of families enjoying coastal holidays about safety around the water.

‘Our volunteers and staff will be working alongside the Haven team at holiday parks and around the coast to create fun family activities, share essential safety advice and raise money to support our ongoing drowning prevention and lifesaving work.’

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Notes to editors

About Haven

As one of Britain’s leading family holiday companies Haven own and operate 36 award-winning family holiday parks throughout England, Scotland and Wales. They offer a full programme of activities and entertainment alongside being located next to some of Britain’s most beautiful beaches and brightest resorts making them a great base for exploring the local area. Find out more at haven.com

About Nature Rockz

Haven’s Nature Rockz program invites families to explore the great outdoors whilst learning a new survival skill or two along the way. Skilled Park Rangers share their expertise in areas such as foraging in rockpools, tracking animals, learning how to light a fire, and getting creative to help local wildlife flourish, all in a safe and relaxed environment.

RNLI media contacts

For more information about the RNLI, please contact PR Manager (Campaigns) Mike Carhart-Harris on 01202 663168 / m_carhart-harris@rnli.org.uk. Alternatively, call the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789 or email pressoffice@rnli.org.uk.

Haven media contacts

For any more information or imagery, please email havenpressoffice@haven.com or call 01442 868010.

Key facts about the RNLI

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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Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.

 

The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland