Garage's 90-year support to Redcar RNLI recognised
A garage has had its 90-year support for the Redcar lifeboat station recognised with a certificate of thanks from the charity’s chairman.
EL Denney & Son has been based close to the town’s lifeboat station on the esplanade, Redcar, since 1928. The garage’s founder, Laurie Denney was a strong supporter of the RNLI. When his son Ian took over running garage that support continued.
Dave Cocks, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Redcar RNLI explained: ‘Being so close to the lifeboat station, Denney’s garage has always been on hand to provide fuel for the lifeboats and launching vehicles. In fact their support goes back even to the time when the lifeboats were rowed by hand and horses were used to launch them.
‘It doesn’t matter what time of the day or night, if we ring Ian to ask for fuel, he’s always willing to open up the pumps to make sure the lifeboats are ready for the next launch.'
Dave Cocks added: 'And the support has always gone further than that. Because the lifeboat station is normally unmanned, the garage often takes in parcels when they can't be delivered directly to us. If we’ve need to borrow tools, or just tap into the expertise of the mechanics at the garage, that’s never been a problem either.
‘This goes to show that supporting the RNLI isn’t always just about making donations. We rely heavily on the goodwill of the local community in so many other ways as well. The recognition is well deserved.’
Ian Denney was presented with an engraved plaque bearing the charity’s crest and the certificate of thanks, signed by the RNLI’s chief executive, Paul Boissier, by Dave Cocks and representatives of the lifeboat crew and management team. Ian was joined by his wife Pat and son Chris, together with staff from the garage for the presentation.
Notes to editors:
Attached images show the presentation of a certificate of thanks and engraved plaque to Ian Denney.
Redcar lifeboat station has been operating since 1802
Redcar currently operates a B-class lifeboat named Leicester Challenge III, paid for by the people of Leicester, and an IB1-class lifeboat named Eileen May Loach-Thomas, paid from the legacy of the late Mr Nick Thomas of Shropshire
Any images used should be credited RNLI/Redcar unless indicated
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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, in a normal year, 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.