Thousands raised in Bank Holiday boost for Hoylake and West Kirby RNLI
It was an incredible weekend of fundraising in Hoylake over the August Bank Holiday as the local community came together to support Hoylake and West Kirby RNLI.
Residents, clubs and businesses in the seaside town decided to raise funds for the lifesaving charity after the annual Hoylake and West Kirby RNLI Lifeboat Open Day was cancelled due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
The residents of Ferndale Road, Hoyle Road and Waverley Road put on socially-distanced street parties that included raffles, stalls, competitions and games, while local businesses and organisations hosted collections, fêtes and family fun events.
Through the efforts of the organisers and the generosity of the public, these events raised over £8,000 for the RNLI.
Hoylake RNLI Coxswain Andy Dodd said: ‘We would like to thank all of the organisers, residents and businesses who hosted and supported these great events and everyone who helped to raise such a fantastic amount for the RNLI in these challenging times.’
‘We rely on donations from the public to save lives at sea. It’s been one of the busiest periods on record for our volunteer crews since the easing of lockdown and as we haven’t been able to fundraise as normal this year, we need the public’s support more than ever.’
The August Bank Holiday normally sees crowds flocking to Hoylake Promenade to enjoy Hoylake and West Kirby RNLI Lifeboat Open Day.
Carole Jackson BEM, Chair of the Hoylake and West Kirby RNLI Fundraising Branch said: ‘Due to the pandemic, it was impossible for us to organise Lifeboat Open Day safely this year and sadly the event was cancelled for the first time in its long history.’
‘Each year, Open Day normally raises thousands for the RNLI, so we are really grateful to the local community for stepping up to support our lifeboat crews by putting on their own fundraisers.’
In 2019, it cost £181.5 million to keep the RNLI running. The charity’s lifeboat crews and lifeguards saved 374 lives and helped over 38,700 people last year, while also carrying out vital drowning prevention work around the coasts of the UK and Ireland.
RNLI volunteers remain on call 24 hours a day ready to respond to coastal emergencies, often putting their own safety at risk in dangerous conditions and particularly during the ongoing pandemic.
Coronavirus has had a huge impact on the RNLI’s ability to fundraise in the community. If you are able to support the RNLI’s lifesaving work, you can donate online by visiting RNLI.org/Donate or through JustGiving at justgiving.com/fundraising/Hoylake-West-Kirby-Branch.
Donations by cheque can also be sent to the RNLI c/o The Lifeboat Treasurer, Hoylake Lifeboat Station, North Parade, Hoylake, Wirral, CH47 3AL.
For further details on the fundraising events held over the Bank Holiday Weekend, visit Hoylake RNLI’s Facebook page at facebook.com/RNLIHoylakeLifeboatStation.
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.