A Hartlepool RNLI supporter has raised £1,772.00 for the charity that saves lives at sea.
Bonnie Pinder whose husband Craig is a crewmember at the Ferry Road lifeboat station held a funday fundraiser at West Hartlepool Rugby Club recently.
Bonnie said 'It was hard work to both organise and run the event but with family and friends helping out it was very worthwhile. Obviously with Craig being part of the crew I know about the commitment and effort the volunteers put into their training and heading out to sea in all weathers day and night on shouts so I thought it would be a good idea to help with the fundraiser. I must thank the stall holders who came along to support the event they were all amazing and West Hartlepool Rugby club for hosting the event and especially a £300.00 donation from Poolietime along with a big thank you to the Poolietime Waste Removal team who helped clear up after the event.
We hope to make it an annual event and are already planning a special Christmas fundraiser'.
Hartlepool RNLI LOM Chris Hornsey said 'this was a brilliant idea from Bonnie to raise some funds to support the volunteer lifeboat crew and I'm sure her husband Craig is very proud of her efforts to play her part in saving lives at sea. On behalf of the crew and officials at the station we would like to say thank you to Bonnie.'
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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.