Donation from Heysham 2 Station Director

Lifeboats News Release

A chance encounter at Heysham 2 power station has seen Morecambe Lifeboat receive a donation from the site’s station director.

Lifeboat Operations Manager Steve Wilson (left) and Mark Lees Heysham 2 Station Director


Donation from Heysham 2 Station Director

Mark Lees, station director at Heysham 2, is also Chairman of the RNLI Dunbar Station south of Edinburgh. Mark keeps a lifeboat collection box in his office and happily encourages his team to donate loose change to the cause.

As the box began to brim over, Mark bumped into Steve Wilson who also works at Heysham 2 and is Morecambe’s Lifeboat Operations Manager and was happy to hand over the ‘lifeboat’.

Mark said: ‘Over the past 12 months or so I have been topping up the ‘lifeboat’ with bits of change and my team here have also helped, so it was great when I met up with Steve so he could put that loose change to good use locally.

‘As a member of the RNLI team in Dunbar I know what a great job the lifeboat crews do and so I know how valuable the team at Morecambe is.’

Steve said: ‘These charitable donations are always gratefully received and the cash from Heysham 2 power station will support the vital work of the RNLI in Morecambe.’

Morecambe’s RNLI station is manned solely by volunteers and every penny raised goes to ensuring the team can carry out this vital role.

Notes to editors

  • Morecambe Lifeboat Station has been operating since 1966.
  • Personnel can be available for interview.

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