Co-op fundraisers make a splash with RNLI Swim Safe campaign

Lifeboats News Release

Fundraisers from the Co-op in north Wales have raised over £3,000 to help towards the charity's Swim Safe programme.

Co-op’s James Oldroyd with RNLI Mascot Stormy Stan


Co-op’s James Oldroyd with RNLI Mascot Stormy Stan

The money was raised by 20 stores in the area who came together to host a series of events including raffles, cake and bake sales. Taking the total raised over the last two years to over £6,700.

The events are also designed to raise awareness of the campaign which is a community-focused programme that gives children aged 7–14 an opportunity to learn how to be safe in and around open water. While raising awareness of the dangers of swimming in the sea, rivers and lakes.

Michael Gallagher, Co-op Area Manager, said:

'With many stores in North Wales located near to open water, we were keen to support RNLI and the work its volunteers do to save lives on our seas, rivers and lakes. Connecting communities, bringing people together and making a difference locally is at the heart of the Co-op. Getting closer to what our members want, need and care about. We would like to say a huge 'thank you' to our colleagues, members and customers - every donation, no matter how small, has added up to make a big difference that could help to save lives in our communities.'

Media Contacts

For further information, please contact Danielle Rush, RNLI Regional Media Manager in Wales on 07786 668829 or Andrew Torr, Co-op Press Office on 07702 505 551.

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