Northumbria Police Family Fun Day raised hundreds for Cullercoats RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Northumbria Police have made a generous donation to Cullercoats RNLI following a hugely successful family fun day at Wallsend Police Station back in the summer 2019.

L-R: PC Mark Davies (Crew), PC Neil Cowan, Superintendent Craig Metcalfe, PCSO David Scott (Crew)

RNLI/Alex Bateman

L-R: PC Mark Davies (Crew), PC Neil Cowan, Superintendent Craig Metcalfe, PCSO David Scott (Crew)

On 23rd July 2019, Northumbria Police held a family fun day at Wallsend Police Station, a popular community engagement event attended by families and emergency services fans from across North Tyneside. In order to reinvest in their local communities, the service asked for a voluntary donation of £1 per adult with kids going to the event for free in order to donate to a raft of local charities that had been identified by serving Police Officers and staff.

David Scott, a Police Community Support Officer based at Wallsend, and a crew member at Cullercoats, suggested the RNLI as a charity that the event could support. David said ‘As a PCSO, I am proud to serve and support the communities we work in. As a member of the crew at Cullercoats, I can see first hand how this donation will benefit the people of North Tyneside, and help us to continue Saving Lives at Sea’

On Wednesday 21st January, PC Neil Cowan, PC John Tierney and Superintendent Craig Metcalfe, visited the boathouse to present the crew with a cheque for £500 so that we can continue to help those in distress in our coastal areas. Despite turning down a ‘crew brew’ the officers were given a tour of the station and were joined by Cullercoats RNLI’s two crew, David Scott and Mark Davies who are serving Police Officers with Northumbria Police to present the cheque to the station.

Alex Bateman of Cullercoats RNLI said ‘We are thrilled the Northumbria Police have donated a fantastic sum of money to help us continue our lifesaving work in the community. Thank you Northumbria Police for the work you do, and we hope that your 2020 Family Fun Day is as much of a success’.

The RNLI relies completely on voluntary donations. All of the crew at Cullercoats are volunteers, but carry pagers 365 days a year, 24 hours a day and are willing to respond whenever they are required to save lives at sea.

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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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.

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