Leading North West law firm marks new office with donation to Hoylake RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

A leading firm of solicitors has marked the opening of its new office in Hoylake by making a generous donation to Hoylake RNLI lifeboat station.


The Jackson Lees team present their donation to Hoylake RNLI's volunteer lifeboat crew
Hoylake RNLI Coxswain Andy Dodd and Lifeboat Operations Manager Dave Whiteley were among 80 guests from local businesses and community organisations who were invited to celebrate the official opening of the Jackson Lees Solicitors' office on Thursday 7 February.

As part of the celebrations the firm held a raffle, which raised £200 in support of Hoylake RNLI lifeboat station. Jackson Lees' board then agreed to match the amount raised, making a total donation of £400 to the lifesaving charity.

Hoylake's volunteer lifeboat crew welcomed Jade Newton, Hetal Hathiwala and Stuart Royden from Jackson Lees to the lifeboat station ahead of a training exercise on Tuesday 26 February. Ms Newton presented the £400 donation to Coxswain Andy Dodd, before the visitors were given a tour of the station's facilities and state-of-the-art Shannon class lifeboat Edmund Hawthorn Micklewood.

RNLI Coxswain Andy Dodd said: 'It was a pleasure to attend the launch of Jackson Lees' new office with other members of the Hoylake community and to welcome Jade, Hetal and Stuart to the station. We would like to thank everyone at the firm for organising the raffle for Hoylake RNLI and the board for matching the fantastic amount raised.'

'As the RNLI is funded entirely by voluntary donations, we really value the support of the local community and local businesses that help us to continue saving lives at sea.'

On the opening of the new office, Brian Cullen, Chief Executive of the Jackson Lees Group, added: 'We were delighted to see so many friendly faces and to meet the community. There is something truly special about Hoylake, it is a place that we are proud to be a part of.'

Notes to editors
  • Hoylake RNLI lifeboat station has been operating since 1803 and is one of the oldest lifeboat stations in the UK. To learn more, go to: www.hoylakelifeboat.org.uk;
  • Hoylake RNLI lifeboat station operates a Shannon class lifeboat Edmund Hawthorn Micklewood and Inshore Rescue Hovercraft Hurley Spirit;
  • In 2018, the Hoylake RNLI lifeboat and hovercraft launched 39 times to incidents around the Wirral and regional coast, assisting 23 people and two dogs and saving one life from drowning.

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