Shanty Crew Fundraisers finish another successful season helping to save lives
Lytham St Annes Lifeboat presented with this years fundraising donations.
The Lytham St Annes Shanty Crew have raised thousands of pounds for the Lytham St Annes RNLI over the years by their mixture of traditional sea shanties and self-written new songs. All their wide ranging concerts throughout the year are done to help the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s funds to provide the best equipment for the volunteer lifeboat crew members. Even the Shanty Crew’s live rehearsals held in the summer months on Monday evenings outside the Lytham Inshore Lifeboat House on Central Beach receive donations to the RNLI from an appreciative audience. The group are already on their second CD of songs and sales are going well.
The Shanty Crew were performing live recently at the Fairhaven Regatta, Fairhaven Lake, Lytham and towards the end of their performance presented a cheque for £921, the fantastic amount of donations received for that season from their concerts. Claire Romer, a member of the Lytham St Annes Lifeboat Fund Raising Team and also RNLI Schools Education Officer for the area received the money and thanked the Shanty Crew.
Roy Turner, a long serving lifeboat crew member at Lytham St Annes and also a member of the Shanty Crew said: 'We enjoy performing and the money raised helps save lives at sea, a very worthy cause'.
David Forshaw (Lifeboat Press Officer Lytham St Annes)
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.