Beer Festival organisers make generous donation to Sunderland RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Sunderland RNLI were presented with a cheque for £342.19 from members of the CAMRA Sunderland and South Tyneside Branch.

CAMRA volunteers donate cheque to lifeboat crew at Sunderland

RNLI/Andy McGill

CAMRA volunteers donate cheque to lifeboat crew at Sunderland

Volunteers of the CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) local branch visited Sunderland Lifeboat Station on Sunday 16 February to hand over the generous donation which was raised at their annual Sunderland Beer and Cider Festival event which is held every year in the City.

The cheque was presented to lifeboat volunteers by CAMRA Branch Secretary Lynn Dobson who said that they had decided to make Sunderland RNLI their nominated charity. The funds raised were made up from general donations and returned beer tokens from the 2019 Festival.

A further £21.09 was donated to the lifeboat station from a collection box at the Mid Boldon Club, East Boldon.

Ken Paul, Branch Magazine Editor and Pubs Officer for CAMRA said: ‘For the fourth year the Sunderland and South Tyneside Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale supported Sunderland RNLI with a donation.’

James Jamieson, Lifeboat Operations Manager for Sunderland RNLI said ‘We are very grateful to CAMRA for nominating us at their chosen charity for the last four years and for the support they have given us, and also to members of the public who attended the Sunderland Beer and Cider Festival for the donations they made at the event.’

In 2019 Sunderland RNLI’s volunteers launched the lifeboats on service 91 times, saving three lives.

Notes to editors

• Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat Station is the oldest continually operational lifeboat in the United Kingdom. It was originally opened in 1800 before being adopted by the RNLI in 1865.

• Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat Station has a profile on Twitter (SunderlandRNLI) and Facebook (RNLI Sunderland) where supporters can keep up to date with station specific activities and news.

• Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat Station operates two inshore type lifeboats: An Atlantic 85 8.3m inflatable capable of 35 knots and a D Class (IB-1) 4.5m inflatable capable of 25 knots.

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