RNLI Rye Harbour in search for eggs

Lifeboats News Release

On Sunday 25 March Rye Harbour lifeboat station swarmed with children on the lookout for Easter eggs.

A smiling Annie proudly wears her competition-winning Easter bonnet

RNLI/Martin Bruce

Annie, Easter bonnet competition winner

The excited young hunters and their families followed a carefully laid trail in pursuit of egg sightings then dashed back to the station to record their time. Every one of the 67 entrants was rewarded with a chocolate egg donated by Rye Harbour Holiday Park staff, owners and members of the village community.

Meanwhile budding artists sat at tables piled with craft materials, courtesy of On the Run Touring, a local transport company. There was painting, gluing, drawing and Easter-bonnet making.

All this activity had been organised by Pauline Blaney, RNLI volunteer Fundraising manager, to raise funds for the charity. 'I would like to thank all the volunteers for their hard work and commitment,' she said: 'Helen White for the raffle Easter cake and all the kind people who supported us. Without them, this sort of event just couldn't happen.'

£321.25 was raised to support the volunteer charity that saves lives at sea – and all the children had a wonderful time.

RNLI Media contacts

· Martin Bruce, Rye Harbour RNLI volunteer Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer (07789) 818878 martinthebruce@gmail.com

· Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer (South East), 0207 6207426, 07785 296252 paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk

· For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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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 237 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 180 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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Jacob, winner of the Easter egg hunt, with proud parents

RNLI/Martin Bruce

Jacob, Easter egg hunt winner
A young girl has fun at the art table

RNLI/Martin Bruce

A keen young artist
A young boy pauses with brush in hand at the art table

RNLI/Martin Bruce

A young artist creating his masterpiece

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.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or or by email.

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