Hartlepool pensioner Kathy Constantine celebrated her 90th birthday recently and asked friends and relatives to make a donation to the Hartlepool RNLI rather than buy her presents.
Kathy said’ My late son Billy was a volunteer lifeboat crew member for many years and I have always been a big supporter of the charity’.
‘Every penny helps and I'm delighted with the donations from my family and friends’.
Volunteer lifeboat crew member Andy Johnson said ‘Kathy’s fantastic donation will ensure that the volunteers can continue to train to help save lives at sea’.
‘We are all on call 24/7 and the generous support from people like Kathy is essential.”
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.