RNLI Clacton launch online fundraiser

Lifeboats News Release

The Clacton RNLI lifeboat station has launched an online JustGiving page to enable quick and safe online donations to be made.

Atlantic 85 Launched

RNLI/Mark Walsham

Clacton Atlantic 85 MPS David Porter

Although we can’t welcome you in for a visit at the moment, our volunteers are still launching to the rescue 24/7 – in all conditions, as demonstrated by a call out recently with reports of a dinghy adrift in the Frinton area.

Lifeboat press officer Mark Walsham said “The pandemic has had a considerable impact upon our community and our valued supporters who have worked tirelessly to raise funds for our station. It has also meant the cancellation of most of our fundraising activities, causing a significant drop in donations.

"So, with that in mind, we have launched a JustGiving page that allows our supporters to quickly and securely donate to our station online, to enable our volunteers to continue to launch our lifeboats and have up to date equipment.”

Our JustGiving page may be found at:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/clacton-rnli

Or using your search engine, type in the search “Clacton RNLI Just Giving” and the page will usually be the first link found.

To understand why fundraising is so important, look at the following costs that we have to find to enable our volunteer crew to be supplied with the safety equipment they need to do their job:

Crew kit costs

• Drysuit for ILB crew member £800
• Thermal suit for ILB crew member £230
• Helly Hansen layered clothing and boots for crew member £1,500 • Lifejacket £480
• Helmet £260
• Seagoing gloves £25

Any donation that our supporters are able to make, allow the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea, to continue our work in our community. Thank you for your continued support.

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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