Chain Ferry donations will go towards saving lives at sea at Poole RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI's partnership with the Sandbanks Chain Ferry has got off to a great start raising an amazing £1142.16 to help the RNLI to continue saving lives at sea.

Message in the sand, with Ferry in the background

RNLI/Anne-Marie Clark

Thank you an amazing £1142.16 raised

The Christmas day collection was a huge success, though the day itself was a damp one, weather wise, it did not dampen the generosity of the festive travellers using the ferry.

The Bournemouth Swanage Motor Road & Ferry Co (Sandbanks Ferry) have in previous years supported charities on Christmas day by asking for a donation in lieu of customers paying the toll to use the ferry service, this year the donations were going towards the RNLI.

Poole Lifeboat volunteer Anne-Marie Clark said;

‘On behalf of the Poole Lifeboat station, I’d like to say a big thank you to, all the staff and to the ferry users, for their generous donations, it really is a great start to our fundraising year and will go towards, helping us to save lives at sea’.

The Bournemouth Swanage Motor Road & Ferry Co (Sandbanks Ferry) will continue to support Poole Lifeboat station with RNLI collection boxes on the ferry and at the kiosks throughout the fundraising partnership year.

The 'Bramble Bush Bay' ferry service runs daily crossing the busy entrance to Poole Harbour between Sandbanks and Shell Bay.

Media Contacts:

Anne-Marie Clark, Lifeboat Press Officer, Poole Lifeboat Station (07887) 855073 [email protected] Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer, SE and London (07785) 296252

Sandbanks Chain Ferry with RNLI flag and Poole lifeboat crew alongside

RNLI/Anne-Marie Clark

Sandbanks Chain Ferry supporting Poole Lifeboat station
Donation box on the Ferry

RNLI/Anne-Marie Clark

Collecting for RNLI Poole Lifeboat

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