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Beer Festival bonus for Hartlepool RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

A donation of £2,500 from the recent Hartlepool Round Table Beer Festival that was held at the Headland Borough Hall was presented to Hartlepool RNLI at ‘One77’ on York Road.

RNLI/Tom Collins

Round Table chairman Paul Thompson(right) and fellow members present the cheque to Ray Walker and Mark Barker of the Hartlepool RNLI

Speaking after the presentation Hartlepool Round Table chairman Paul Thompson said ‘Once again we are delighted to support the volunteer crewmembers at the RNLI both for the vital service that they provide for the town and also for the essential support they provide for our annual ‘Boxing Day Dip’.

‘We have a great working relationship with the charity and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future’.

Hartlepool RNLI ‘Deputy Launch Authority’ Ray Walker who received the cheque along with crewmember Mark Barker said ‘This fantastic donation which we are very grateful for upholds the long term partnership we have with the Round Table members.’

‘The money will go towards training and running costs at the Ferry Road lifeboat station as we continue to play our part in saving lives at sea’.

For more information please contact Tom Collins, Volunteer RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer on: 07896 793557

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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, Carrybridge 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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