Flint RNLI host Big Dee Day launch

Lifeboats News Release

Flint RNLI host Big Dee Day launch welcoming approximately 70 guests. These include representatives from Flintshire council, whose countryside ranger’s co-ordinate the scheme, along with local businesses, councillors and volunteers.

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Flint RNLI crew members receive award for commitment to Big Dee Day

Big Dee Day brings together volunteers, local organisations and businesses from all over Flintshire throughout the week to conduct litter picks, clean ups and bulb plantings along the coastline and tributaries covering an area spanning from Chester to Talacre and south Denbighshire. Flint RNLI volunteers have been involved with the Big Dee Day event since it was first launched in 2007, helping to clean up marine litter from Flint foreshore.

Numerous awards were presented during the launch, including an award to Flint RNLI for commitment to the Big Dee Day clean up, presented by Hannah Blythyn AM.

Matt Taylor, BBC Breakfast, attended the launch talking to our volunteers about our involvement in Big Dee Day and helping us share vital safety messages. Alan Forrester, Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘It’s great to be a part of such a big community event, bringing people together to invest time into our coastline, protecting local wildlife and to make the area a place the community and visitors can enjoy.’

Report from Carly McCarthy and Aby Norwood Flint RNLI volunteer press officers, Email Carly_McCarthy@rnli.org.uk, Aby_Norwood@rnli.org.uk

Notes to editors

· Flint RNLI lifeboat station was established 1966. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/flint

· Since 1966 Flint Lifeboat has launch over 700 times, saved 100 lives, and rescued a further 148 people.

· Flint lifeboat and its volunteers responded to 14 calls in 2018

· Potential lifeboat crew and fundraising volunteers, contact Alan Forrester on 07785593247

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Flint RNLI crew members with Matt Taylor, BBC Breakfast

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