Hoylake’s fundraising firework display back with a bang for RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Hoylake Sailing Club’s traditional bonfire night and firework display made a welcome return on Friday 4 November raising almost £3,000 for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

West Kirby RNLI

Hundreds of spectators lined Hoylake promenade for the spectacular firework display

Hundreds of spectators lined Hoylake promenade to see the bonfire and watch the spectacular firework display on the beach, kindly sponsored by Kid’s Planet Hoylake Day Nursery. For some young visitors, it was the first firework display they had ever seen after the event’s postponement in recent years.

Volunteers from Hoylake and West Kirby RNLI and the local community kept the crowds safe and collected donations from the public, raising a grand total of £2951.26 for the two local lifeboat stations.

Adam Lloyd, Captain at Hoylake Sailing Club and a Hoylake RNLI volunteer himself, said: ‘It was a huge pleasure for the club to host this important community event again and to see so many people out enjoying the bonfire and fireworks on the beach. We have close historic links with our local lifeboat stations and we are thrilled with the total raised to support the RNLI’s lifesaving work at sea.’

Hoylake RNLI Coxswain Howie Owen said: ‘We can’t thank everyone enough for donating so generously, especially in these challenging times. We are so grateful to everyone at Hoylake Sailing Club and Kid’s Planet for organising the fantastic display and to our crews and other volunteers for making sure it was a safe and fun community event.’

In 2021, RNLI lifeboats in the UK and Ireland launched 8,868 times, helping 12,903 people and saving 296 lives. But as a charity, the RNLI is reliant on voluntary donations to power its lifesaving work, which last year cost a total of £159.6 million.

Notes to editors

Hoylake Lifeboat Station was founded in 1803 and is one of the oldest lifeboat stations in the UK. It operates the Shannon class all-weather lifeboat Edmund Hawthorn Micklewood and Inshore Rescue Hovercraft Hurley Spirit.

West Kirby Lifeboat station was founded in 1966 and operates the inshore IB1 lifeboat Seahorse. It is the only lifeboat station in the RNLI to operate the Hagglund BV206 all-terrain launch vehicle.

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