North West RNLI supporters make waves by funding seven Rescue Water Craft

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI charity has been presented with £55,000 which has been used to purchase seven Rescue Water Craft. Two have already been delivered to RNLI lifeguards at Crantock and Fistral beaches, with the remaining five soon to be allocated.


Lifeguard Supervisors Mike Winter and Ethan Fox. Are at either end, left to right is, Sue Hill President of Tangent Club between 2018-2022, Jayne George, RNLI Fundraising, Media and Marketing Director and Andrew Mackereth President of 41 Club 2018-2022

The money has been raised thanks to two inspiring donors from the North West who have encouraged their communities to support the RNLI. The Tangent and 41 Clubs, which are part of the Ladies Circle and Round Table groups encouraged over 1,200 clubs to raise the funds.

Sue Hill from Northwich Cheshire, co-ordinated activity as national President of Tangent Club between 2018 – April 2022. She rallied together club members and achieving fantastic results. Since the fundraiser Sue has been inspired to go the extra mile for the RNLI and she and husband Ray Hill are now Northwich RNLI branch members.

The 41 Club also contributed to this fantastic sum. Andrew Mackereth from Morecambe who was 41 Club President during this time inspired and motivated club members to fundraise. Andrew and his wife are now such dedicated RNLI supporters – they now volunteer at the RNLI’s shop in Morecambe.

As a result of their efforts the RNLI has now welcome seven new Rescue Water Craft into its fleet, all to be named ‘Continued Friendship’

Sophie Wood, RNLI Community Manager for the North West says:

‘It has been incredible to see the support offered by both groups in supporting the RNLI during what has been a challenging time for everyone. To think they were able to raise enough for seven RWC is exceptional. With spring on the horizon, more people than ever will be heading to the coast and these fantastic RWC’s will be a great piece of kit to help our lifeguards to save lives at sea.’

The donors enjoyed a VIP tour of RNLI facilities in Poole, Dorset and got to see the kit they have helped to fund. They also met with RNLI lifeguards who explained how the equipment is used.

Notes to editors

Lifeguard Supervisors Mike Winter and Ethan Fox. Are at either end, left to right is, Sue Hill President of Tangent club between 2018-2022, Jayne George, Andrew Mackereth President of 41 Club 2018-2022

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