Alan donates birthday money to the RNLI
When Alan Jones of Bridgnorth celebrated his 60th birthday, he asked friends not to buy him presents, but to donate to his favourite charity, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
Alan has been holidaying in the Barmouth area since he was a boy when he and his family would make many visits to Barmouth lifeboat station. When he later went on to buy a boat himself he continued to support the RNLI, grateful for its reassuring presence when he was at sea.
At his recent birthday party, Alan was delighted that donations from his friends raised £400. Keen to see the new Shannon lifeboat in action, Alan and his wife Ros visited Barmouth Lifeboat Station on 24 March to see the volunteer crew launch on exercise.
Alan said: ‘It was great to be able to raise money for such a good cause and we are delighted to be able to present a cheque for £400.00 to help Barmouth volunteers save more lives at sea’.
They are pictured with Coxswain Peter Davies at the boathouse just before the crew launched the new all-weather lifeboat the Ella Larsen and the D class inshore lifeboat, the Craig Steadman on exercise.
For more information please contact Norma Stockford, Barmouth Lifeboat Press Officer on 07917 245882 or Eleri Roberts, RNLI Regional Media Officer – Wales and North West on 07771 941390 / 01745 585162
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.