Hartlepool RNLI volunteers donate Christmas party cash to foodbank

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Hartlepool RNLI volunteers have donated their Christmas party savings to the local Poolie Time Exchange foodbank after cancelling their Christmas party due to the Covid restrictions.

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Hartlepool RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Chris Hornsey(right) and crewmember Ed Mason pictured with Poolie Time volunteer Jeanette Bujnowski and some of the goods donated to the foodbank.
Lifeboat Operations Manager Chris Hornsey said 'Like many other people we have had to sadly cancel our annual Christmas party for the volunteer lifeboat crew due to the pandemic situation.

With the money collected for the party we decided to support the local community and buy some goods for the local Poolie Time Exchange foodbank whose volunteers do a fantastic job supporting those who use the facility.
It's really nice to give a little back to the local community who are great supporters of the RNLI and its volunteers at the Ferry Road lifeboat station who are on call 24/7 throughout the year.

Coun Dave Hunter of the Poolie Time Exchange group said ‘during the first lockdown Poolie Time Exchange made and delivered over 13,000 meals and supplied over 8,000 bags of groceries free of charge and we will endeavour to continue to support the local community again'.

The generous donation from the Hartlepool RNLI lifeboat crew volunteers makes a major difference to people who need our help in our Town'.

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