Christmas wish fulfilled

Lifeboats News Release

Young supporter answers call for help with the RNLI's Perfect Storm.

Walmer helm Dan Sinclair accepts a donation from 9 year-old Felix Flanagan.

RNLI/Christopher Winslade

Helm Dan Sinclair accepts a donation from Felix Flanagan.

Following a long-time interest in lifeboats, when nine-year-old Felix Flanagan from Hertfordshire was asked to compile a Christmas list he said that he wished to make a contribution to the RNLI.

Volunteers from RNLI Walmer welcomed Felix and his family on Sunday 15 December where, after an introduction to the layout of the station's D Class Duggie Rodbard II by helm Dan Sinclair and a photo with the crews who had just returned from their weekly exercise, he presented the station with a donation of £50.

While accepting the donation Dan explained 'Donations such as these ensure that RNLI lifeboat crews around the UK and Ireland are ready 365 days a year, day and night whenever an emergency arises. It provides our lifesavers with essential training and equipment, all crucial to their safety in the conditions they face.'


RNLI media contacts

  • Chris Winslade, Lifeboat Press Officer, Walmer Lifeboat Station 01304 374475, 07906 623037 christopher_winslade@rnli.org.uk

· Paul Dunt, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East) on 0207 620 7426, 07785 296252, paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk

· For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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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 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.



Walmer volunteers with young supporter Felix Flanagan.

RNLI/Christopher Winslade

Walmer volunteers with young supporter Felix Flanagan.

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 142,700 lives.

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Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or or by email.