Locals raise vital funds for the RNLI with a socially-distanced street party

Lifeboats News Release

The residents of Dovedale Road in Hoylake proved that fundraising at home can save lives at sea this weekend after holding a socially-distanced street party in support of the RNLI.

Residents of Dovedale Road hold socially distanced street party to raise funds for the RNLI
Residents of Dovedale Road hold socially distanced street party to raise funds for the RNLI
The ‘Spring into Summer from your Driveway’ event included fancy dress, fish and chips from the Dolphin, a cake sale, competitions, live music and an auction of prizes donated by local businesses. Residents even made and sold their own face masks.

The event raised an incredible £1,322.55 for the lifesaving charity. The street party idea evolved in a new whatsapp group Dovedale Road residents setup at the start of lockdown to help ensure those who were self-isolating had all the food and provisions they needed. New friendships were quickly formed and four residents; Marie, Katya, Darren and Mike, decided to lift community spirits with a street party.

Katya said, “It’s strange to say but lockdown has brought our neighbourhood closer than ever and everyone is so proud to have been able to support our local RNLI lifeboat station. We hope to do more of these socially-distanced street parties and continue to raise money for charity.”

On behalf of all RNLI volunteers, Hoylake RNLI Coxswain Andy Dodd called in to thank the residents and organisers for their amazing efforts in these difficult times.

Andy said, “We’re so grateful to these guys for their amazing efforts to raise money for the RNLI in what is undoubtedly one of the busiest times I’ve known in all my years with the charity. We know lockdown has been a challenging time for a lot of people, so it was great to see the residents of Dovedale Road come together to create a fun day in the sun and raise some funds for a good cause at the same time!”

The RNLI’s annual ‘Mayday’ fundraising campaign usually boosts donations to the charity at the start of their busy Summer season. However this year many fundraising events were unable to take place due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Hoylake lifeboat station was disappointed to cancel its yearly “car wash” which sees its RNLI volunteers fully kitted up and washing cars in return for a modest donation to the charity.

The Dovedale Road street party was a creative and safe way to raise funds for the RNLI, whose volunteer crews are busier than ever at the moment. The charity relies on donations from the public to keep their vital service running 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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Residents of Dovedale Road hold socially distanced street party to raise funds for the RNLI

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Residents of Dovedale Road hold socially distanced street party to raise funds for the RNLI
Residents of Dovedale Road hold socially distanced street party to raise funds for the RNLI

RNLI/Victoria Phipps

Residents of Dovedale Road hold socially distanced street party to raise funds for the 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.

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