‘That's a lot of kisses!’

Lifeboats News Release

A generous donation of £526.03 was handed over to Tony Edwards LOM (Local Operations Manager) by Ron Baker yesterday morning at Rye Harbour lifeboat station.

donation of money being passed over in front of the boat at Rye Habrbour

RNLI/KT Bruce

Tony Edwards LOM receives a donation from Ron Baker Also in the picture Martin Bruce Deputy Press Officer Rye Harbour Julie Baker and Will Gamble volunteer crew at the harbour

Ron has been selling mistletoe for over ten years in the pubs local to him and has raised many thousands of pounds for our station. The mistletoe is donated by Penshurst Place Estate and we are really grateful to them and Ron for taking the time to sell it.

Palace Estates General Manager, Ben Thomas said, ‘It is our pleasure to donate Penshurt Place Estate mistletoe to the RNLI and we hope the sale of this magnificent festive plant has helped the RNLI collect some much-needed funds to aid their excellent charitable work and all of the many they help.’

Tony Edwards remarked, ‘That's a lot of kisses!’ The UK tradition of kissing under the mistletoe is thought to have started in the 1700s, but it became much more popular throughout the 1800s.

Donations enable the RNLI to carry on their sterling work of Saving Lives at Sea.

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Kt Bruce, Rye Harbour RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer (07789) 818878 Kt@ktbrucephotography.com

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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 237 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 180 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. 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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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland.

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.

Paul Barsby

Snow Mistletoe at Penshurst Place

RNLI/KT Bruce

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, in a normal year, 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.

Learn more about the RNLI

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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 by email.

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