Fishing rod maker raises funds for Hartlepool RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Local angler and fishing rod maker Jay Lee raised £1,040 for the Hartlepool RNLI recently by donating one of the ZULCRON XT435 fishing rods he makes using a random number generator for anglers to buy a number at £10.00 each.

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Pictured during the presentation are(left to right) Rob Archer of Hartlepool RNLI, Jay Lee, Chris Hornsey of Hartlepool RNLI and rod winner Richard Hill.
Within a matter of hours all the numbers had been sold and some anglers also made donations to the fundraiser.
Jay said " After last years sad event near Steetley pier and the amazing effort the local RNLI made during the search I thought I would raise some funds for the charity who do an amazing job. With the summer holidays about to start I would beg parents to educate their children on the dangers of rip tides to try and help prevent the same tragedy from happening this year."
Jay who is from the Headland at Hartlepool is the Team England Tournament Casting Manager which is part of the Anglers Trust.
Fishing rod winner was Richard Hill of Guisborough who said he was "delighted to win the rod and support the vital work of the charity".
Hartlepool RNLI lifeboats operation manager Chris Hornsey said "This was a fantastic gesture from Jay and the money raised will help support the work of the charities volunteer crew-members who are on call 24/7."

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