Nine year old Hartlepool RNLI supporter Lilly Mc Partlin has played her part in saving lives at sea with a little help from friends and family raising £14.00 by collecting 5 pence coins in 'Bettys Pots' which are small glass jars.
Lilly's nana Angie Dixon said 'Lilly loves what the Rnli does and follows the Hartlepool Rnli Facebook page. I think she may want to volunteer to be a crewmember when she gets a bit older but in the meantime she is happy to do some fundraising'.
Hartlepool Rnli Lifeboats Operation Manager Chris Hornsey said 'This is a fantastic effort by Lilly as every penny counts when it comes to supporting the charity. On behalf all the crew and officials at the station we would like to say a big thank you.'
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.