View as PDF

Fleetwood RNLI receive ‘scrap’ donation

Lifeboats News Release

Local metal recycler’s, Foulds Metals in Fleetwood have donated a further £2,278 to Fleetwood RNLI and presented the cheque to the lifesaving volunteers at their annual Christmas Ball.

RNLI/Kenneth Harcombe

Coxswain Tony Cowell with Liam, AJ and the rest of the Barnes family

When Liam came up with the charity scrap metal skip, to raise funds for his local lifeboat station, he had no idea how successful it would be. In three years, Foulds Metals have now donated over £6,700.

Liam and brother AJ, who attended the Christmas Ball with their family, confirmed the charity skip would continue to raise funds for Fleetwood lifeboat. The skip, which is positioned at the entrance to Foulds Metals yard, on Sidings Street, sees a steady supply of scrap metal from generous members of the public, keen to clear out unwanted metal and support their local lifeboat station.

Captain David Eccles, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Fleetwood RNLI said ‘We’re so grateful to local companies like Foulds for their fantastic support. This is a brilliant idea by them.’

RNLI Media contacts

For more information please contact Ken Harcombe, Fleetwood RNLI Volunteer Press Officer, on 07970 197195 / Danielle Rush, RNLI Regional Media Manager, West, on 07786 668829/ Or, Eleri Roberts, RNLI Regional Media Officer West, on 07771 941390/

RNLI/Kenneth Harcombe

Sign about the Charity skip at Foulds Metals Ltd

Key facts about the RNLI

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.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.


The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland