Cullercoats Lifeboat supporters have sprung a ‘leek’

Lifeboats News Release

Long time fundraisers at the Rockcliffe Arms Leek Club have continued to support and fundraise for Cullercoats RNLI during the course of the Covid 19 Pandemic, raising over £1400 for the Lifeboat.

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Leek Club Members and Crew taken in 2019

Growing supersized veg may be a dying artform, but not so at the Rockcliffe Arms in Whitley Bay where the traditional Leek Club is still going from strength to strength, and their unwavering support of Cullercoats RNLI remains as large as some of their veggies!

Funds raised through donations, Leek Club subscriptions and traditional pub raffles and football cards have continued to pour in to help the volunteers at Cullercoats continue to save lives at sea.

The Leek club raised an incredible £740 which was then fund matched by the one of Rockcliffe Arms Leek Clubs supporters, Dannielle,whose work place E&Y topped up the donation, bringing the total to over £1400.

Frank Taylor, Lifeboat Operations Manager for Cullercoats station said ‘The Rockcliffe Arms and the Leek Club have supported us now for many years, and we are humbled by the donation received after what has been a very tough year for the hospitality trade. We are looking forward to coming back to the Rockcliffe Arms when they are permitted to open, and visit the Leek Club to see how their leeks are progressing this year’

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