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RNLI Bosses Switch the Board Room for the Kitchen to Support Fishy Fundraiser

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI’s Chief Executive and Executive Team at the lifesaving charity, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), put down their pens and put on their aprons, to support the RNLI’s annual foodie fundraiser, Fish Supper.

The RNLI's Executive Team are stood next to each other in the RNLI College's Riggers Restaurant, wearing Fish Supper aprons

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RNLI Executive Team in Riggers Restaurant for #RNLIFishSupper.

Seven members of the Executive Team (ET) showed their support for the RNLI’s Fish Supper fundraiser on Friday 5 and Tuesday 9 October, by using their lunchbreak to serve and wait on guests in the RNLI College’s Riggers Restaurant and staff canteen.

Tasks undertaken by the team included: serving food to staff and customers, taking payments on the till, clearing and cleaning tables, and meeting and greeting diners. They wore fundraising Fish Supper aprons while carrying out their tasks, to encourage people to step up to the plate and host a Fish Supper of their own.

This is just one of thousands of Fish Supper events being held all over the UK and Ireland between 5-21 October, 2018. The events raise awareness of lifeboat crew who drop everything and often sacrifice their own meal times and special occasions at a moment’s notice – answering the call of their pagers – to rescue those in trouble at sea.

The RNLI relies on the generosity of the public to fund its lifesaving services and help keep crews ready for emergencies.

In 2017, RNLI lifeboats launched 8,436 times and its volunteers rescued 8,072 people across the UK and Republic of Ireland. On average 22 people per day were saved.

Business Support and Services Director, Anjie Rook, says:

‘I and my ET peers were keen to support Fish Supper – and when we were given the opportunity to work in the restaurant and canteen alongside our hospitality colleagues – we couldn’t wait to get stuck in and help spread the word of how easy supporting the RNLI can be.

‘Hosting a Fish Supper is a fun way for people to get involved with fundraising for us, especially if food is your thing! It’s easy to sign-up and you can have a great time with friends and family and tasty treats. And of course, your donations could contribute towards equipment, crew kit or fuel for one of our lifeboats.

‘We had a great time with our colleagues and the diners and we hope everyone can gather their nearest and dearest and host a Fish Supper of their own.’

Visit RNLI.org/fishsupper to sign up to host your own Fish Supper, get inspiration from our Tasty Recipes and download our fun fishy quiz and party materials; plus don’t forget to share your event on social media using the hashtag #RNLIFishSupper and tag us @RNLI.

Notes to editors

· The Executive Team (ET) are:

o Chief Executive, Paul Bossier
o Engineering and Asset Management Director, Angus Watson
o International Director, James Vaughan
o Chief Finance Officer, Steven Peacock
o People and Transformation Director, Sue Barnes
o Operations Director, George Rawlinson
o Business Support and Services Director, Anjie Rook
o Supply Chain Director, Claire Deuchar

· Please find attached photographs of the Executive Team at their events

Picture captions:
o RNLI Executives work in the RNLI College’s Riggers Restaurant for Fish Supper
Left to right: Angus Watson, James Vaughan, Anjie Rook, Sue Barnes, Claire Deuchar and Steven Peacock
o RNLI Chief Executive, Paul Bossier, dishes up fish of the day to RNLI staff
o RNLI Chief Executive, Paul Bossier at Serving Counter for #RNLIFishSupper

· For information about the campaign and to browse recipes from celebrities, including Jamie Oliver, supporters and RNLI staff, visit RNLI.org/FishSupper.

· Fish Supper is in its fourth year. Over £530,000 was raised through Fish Supper donations between 2015 and 2017.

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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 142,400 lives.
RNLI Chief Executive Paul Bossier is stood behind a serving counter in the staff canteen wearing a Fish Supper apron

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RNLI Chief Executive Paul Bossier at Serving Counter for #RNLIFishSupper.
RNLI Chief Executive Paul Bossier is stood behind a serving counter in the staff canteen wearing a Fish Supper apron, serving up some chips

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RNLI Chief Executive Paul Bossier Dishing Out Fish of the Day for #RNLIFishSuppe

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