Bumper local support for Dover RNLI Lifeboat Station

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Dover crew over the past month have received over £15,000 of support from locally based businesses.

RNLI Dover Coxswain Jon Miell receives cheque from Jonathan Neame

Shepherd Neame

RNLI Dover Coxswain Jon Miell and Jonathan Neame

At the re-opening of the local Shepherd Neame pub 'The Lord Nelson' the crew were invited to receive a cheque of £1000.00 from Jonathan Neame and new licensee Chris Bichard.

Dover Lifeboat station was chosen as the recipient of the donation as Chris felt that the RNLI are an integral part of the local community. Crew members were invited to join Chris and his family, Leader of Dover Council Cllr Trevor Bartlett and Jonathan Neame for an evening at the Lord Nelson.

In addition Dover RNLI welcomed a donation of £14,018.54 from local ferry company P&O Ferries. The cheque was handed over by Joe Ciantar, Head of Security Gaming and Financial Services. The money was collected from the six ships sailing on the Dover to Calais route and their head office over 2019.

Mr Ciantar said: ‘In the last ten years P&O Ferries has handed over £111k to the RNLI. P&O Ferries has a fantastic sea going tradition and we support the RNLI as much as we can because they save lives at sea.’

Dover RNLI Coxswain, James Clapham said

‘More people than ever need our help. People are still drowning and we need to invest in our crews and lifeboats, but we are a charity and our income has gone down'.

'In addition our biggest lifesaver the Severn class lifeboats, like the City of London ll we have at Dover are coming to the end of their days and need complete refits so they can carry on rescuing people for another 25 years'.

The RNLI relies on the generosity of the public, so both of these amazing donations will help our crew by providing them with everything they need to save lives.

With the continued support of the public we can weather this Perfect Storm currently facing the RNLI.’

Note to Editors:

The RNLI announced earlier this month that it will be extending the life of its Severn class lifeboat, such as the City of London ll for another 25 years. There are currently 44 of these 42 tonne lifesaving vessels in the charity's fleet.

The average anticipated cost of each life extension upgrade is £1.25M. This is significantly less than the cost of designing and building a brand-new class of lifeboat to replace the Severn. For context, a Shannon, which is significantly smaller and not as powerful as the Severn, costs £2.2M to build.

The RNLI has launched its ‘Save our Severns’ appeal, with the aim of raising £700,000 to help fund life extension upgrades to these incredible vessels. To donate, visit: RNLI.org/Severn25

RNLI Media Contacts:

Deanne Morgan, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Dover Lifeboat Station (07747) 616095 dee_morgan1975@yahoo.co.uk

Paul Dunt, RNLI Regional Media Officer, South East and London (07785) 296252 paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk

RNLI Press office and 24/7 duty press officer (01202) 336789

Dover crew, Jonathan Neame and Lord Nelson licensee receiving cheque

Shepherd Neame

Dover coxswains Lord Nelson licensee, Jonathan Neame and Dover crew
Dover coxswains and crew receive cheque from P&O staff

RNLI/Dee Morgan

Dover crew and P&O staff

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