Staff at Bettys Café Tea Rooms at Northallerton have chosen Hartlepool RNLI as their nominated charity this year.
Staff member Emily Ellin who is a waitress and charity co-ordinator at the High Street tearoom said "We are delighted to have chosen Hartlepool RNLI as it is one of the closest lifeboat stations to us.
We have held raffles, bingo and a quiz night and some of us will also be doing a sponsored walk from Sutton Bank to Osmotherley. Its really rewarding to do something for the community".
Hartlepool RNLI coxswain Robbie Maiden said "We are over the moon that the staff at the popular 'Bettys' are supporting the work of the volunteer crewmembers who are on call 24/7.
Their contribution will help play a part in keeping our own 'Betty', the all weather lifeboat 'Betty Huntbatch' in good working order to help save lives at sea when the pagers go off and provide vital training for our team."
Waitress Janine Boschke who nominated the charity said "Throughout the covid lockdown it was very prominent that the RNLI were still out there saving lives at sea up and down the coast, especially at Hartlepool. They provide a vital service for seagoing people and on the beach and as I have two young daughters I'm very aware of how careful we have to be when on a trip to the seaside".
Hartlepool RNLI crewmember Colm Simpson pictured with Bettys Café Tea Rooms staff
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.
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