Micro pub raises a Mega amount for the RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

A tiny pub in Queenborough on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent has raised a massive £20,000 for the RNLI, the charity that ‘Saves Lives at Sea’

Landlady and crew member Rachel Collier with husband Chris presenting Sheerness RNLI Lifeboat coxswain Robin Castle MBE with the cheque for £20,000 watched by her crewmates and customers at the Admirals Arm

RNLI/Vic Booth

Well done 'Admirals Arm'

Staff and customers of the award winning ‘Admirals Arm’ micro pub were thanked by the Coxswain and crew of the Sheerness RNLI lifeboats on Friday 29 November after being presented with a cheque for the huge total of £20,000 at the pub by landlords Rachel and Chris Collier.

The money has been raised since the pub was first established just three years ago by Rachel and Chris in a variety of ways including fish suppers, cake bakes and also very popular weekly quiz nights which are hosted by an excellent team of volunteer ‘quiz masters’. Another source of income has been the pubs £1 mobile phone fine that is instituted if a customer answers their phone whilst on the premises accompanied by shouts of ‘fine, fine’ by everybody present

Rachel, who is herself a crew member of the Sheerness lifeboats said: ‘Chris and I would like to thank all our customers for their excellent support with our fundraising and also our brilliant quiz masters who between them give up their time to support the RNLI every Thursday night throughout the year.’

Rachel and Chris will continue their fundraising for the RNLI and in particular they are keen to raise money for the new Shannon class Sheerness ALB 14-38 the ‘Judith Copping Joyce’ that is still under construction at Poole, due to be finished in March next year and then hopefully on station at Sheerness in late April ,having completed satisfactory sea trials prior to being delivered. Supplies of the new RNLI Sheerness lapel badges and fridge magnets etc are also now available at the pub.

More details of The Admirals Arm can be found on their website, www.admiralsarm.co.uk and also on Facebook. If you would like to visit you will find the pub at Trafalgar Court, West Street, Queenborough, ME11 5AD.


Media contacts:

• Vic Booth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer (Sheerness) 07926904453 / 01795 880544 [email protected] / [email protected]

Paul Dunt RNLI Press Officer S.E. [email protected] 07785296252

• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 33678

Landlady Rachel dressed and ready for action!

RNLI/Vic Booth

Rachel in her 'other job'

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