Stamp of approval for Hartlepool RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

A generous donation of over 20 stamp albums from an anonymous RNLI supporter to the Hartlepool RNLI lifeboat station raised £1,000 at a specialised stamp auction that was held at Newcastle recently.

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Hartlepool RNLI volunteer crewmember Mark Barker shown with some of the stamp albums.

The albums which contained a huge variety of stamps from all over the world were auctioned by north east stamp dealers Corbitts at the Brittannia Hotel, Newcastle Airport.

Around 200 ‘philatelists’ attended the event with the bidding for the RNLI lot quickly reaching the final sum of £1,000.

Hartlepool RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Chris Hornsey said; ‘This extremely generous donation from the RNLI supporter will certainly help provide our volunteer lifeboat crews with the ‘first class’ kit to go to sea with and help maintain our two lifeboats here at the Ferry Road lifeboat station.'

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A page of stamps in one of the albums donated to the Hartepool RNLI lifeboat station.

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