St Asaph RNLI staff host a fishy fundraiser to help save lives at sea

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI staff from across Wales and the north west came together to celebrate the charity’s foodie fundraising event of the autumn. The event was organised by RNLI Regional Support Team Leader Diane Carrie from Henllan, who works at the charity’s base on St Asaph Business Park.

Diane Carrie counts the total raised with RNLI Head of Maritime Delivery Adrian Carey

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Diane Carrie counts the total raised with RNLI Head of Maritime Delivery Adrian Carey

The highlight of the charity’s lifesaving meeting at Tillington Hall Hotel in Stafford was the fundraising event which raised £222 to enable the charity to continue saving lives at sea.

A range of Fish Suppers are being organised by RNLI Branches and Guilds, Lifeboat Stations and businesses across the UK and Ireland, between 5 and 21 October 2018, where people can enjoy a fish inspired dish and help raise funds for the charity’s lifesaving service.

Diane was keen for RNLI staff to also get involved to show their support for the fundraising initiative. She organised a delicious fish dish, a quiz, raffle and a limerick competition.

Diane says:

‘RNLI staff support our fantastic volunteers on the coast in many ways, but this was a great opportunity to support our fundraising colleagues and volunteers in raising funds towards keeping the service afloat.

‘The event was a real success; RNLI staff really got into the spirit of things and particularly enjoyed the limerick competition which raised a few giggles.’

The RNLI relies on the generosity of the public to fund its lifesaving services, and the charity’s volunteer lifeboat crew members often sacrifice their precious meal times and special occasions at a moment’s notice – answering the call of their pagers to help those in need on the water.

The RNLI is encouraging people to come together with friends, family or people in the community, have fun and something fish themed to eat, and help save lives.

In 2017, RNLI lifeboats launched 8436 times and its volunteers rescued 8072 people across the UK and Republic of Ireland. On average 22 people per day were saved.

If you can’t get to an event or don’t have one near you, you can host your own Fish Supper and contribute to helping raise vital funds. Anyone can sign up to be a host and it doesn’t matter how accomplished you are at cooking – you might want to prepare a fancy three course meal for all of the family or just a fish finger sandwich for you and a friend – the choice is yours!

Visit RNLI.org/fishsupper to sign up to host your own Fish Supper, browse our tasty recipes and download our fun fishy quiz and party materials; and don’t forget to share your event on social media using the hashtag #RNLIFishSupper.

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For more information please telephone Danielle Rush, RNLI Regional Media Manager on 07786 668829 or contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789
The sea themed table decorations for the Fish Supper event

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The sea themed table decorations for the Fish Supper event

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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.

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