'Santa' delivers cash boost to Hartlepool RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool’s very own ‘Santa’ Jim Croll raised a very impressive £1,000 for the Hartlepool RNLI during the Christmas period thanks to donations he collected when visiting homes and groups around the town dressed as Father Christmas.

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Jim Croll and son David pictured with RNLI volunteers(left to right) Tommy Price, Rob Archer, Chris Hornsey and Chandler Wilson during the cheque presentation at the Ferry Road lifeboat station.

74 year old Jim who has been a Santa fundraiser for numerous charities over 25 years said ‘It was a hectic few weeks but seeing the smiles on the children’s and adults faces when I appeared was unbelievable and raising a few bob for the amazing volunteers at the lifeboat station made the whole effort worthwhile and I have to say a special thank you to my son David who helped me and to the individuals who topped up my total amount to make it a £1,000’.

Hartlepool RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Chris Hornsey said ‘We would like to thank Jim for his fantastic Santa fundraiser over the busy Christmas period and everyone who made donations. Jim’s donation will go towards saving lives at sea by helping with running costs at the station and training for the volunteers who thanks to donations such as this are provided with some of the best safety kit available.

We need more money to save more lives – investing in the future of lifesaving is vital’.

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'Santa' Jim Croll pictured with Hartlepool RNLI volunteers during a visit to the lifeboat station in December.

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