£294.60 collected for St Bees RNLI.
St Bees RNLI and St Bees Triers along with over a hundred people get the new decade off to a swimming start with an early morning dip.
As usual there was a great turnout for the popular New Years Day dip organised by the local running club St Bees Triers. Although the weather was milder this year the sea temperature still proved to be challenging but did not discourage the many hardy souls, some in fancy dress, who launched themselves into the chilli Irish Sea.
St Bees RNLI volunteers and Whitehaven Coastguard Rescue Team were on hand to provide safety cover. The RNLI also opened up their station to supply hot drinks and a warm place to get changed.Dick Beddows St Bees RNLI Operation Manager said ‘I would like to thank everyone who turned out on New Years day to support this popular event and particularly St Bees Triers for organising this fundraiser for St Bees RNLI’
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.