RNLI Port Talbot fundraisers start the festive fun

Lifeboats News Release

For the second year in a row an RNLI fundraiser organised a Christmas market at a local soccer club.

RNLI/Kirstee David

RNLI shop stall

On the 26 November 2022 Kirstee David, a fundraiser at Port Talbot RNLI, held a Christmas market which was opened by the Neath Port Talbot Mayor and Mayoress. The 6ft Christmas tree that adorned the main hall was donated by Western Bio Energy, a sustainable power plant based in Margam.


Once the market was officially opened, the local ladies choir Cor Senta set the festive scene with a score of Christmas carols. Their voices raising spirits ready for a busy day of fundraising and selling.


There were over 20 stalls, with local sellers showcasing their wonderful handmade products from dreamcatchers and doggie treats to sea glass jewellery. As well as these handmade delights the RNLI took products from the shop and even Stormy Stan, the RNLI mascot, came to lend his support.


The day was topped off by a raffle, teddy tombola, face painting and a visit from Santa himself!


Neath based Afal Y Graig Cider were especially generous and kindly donated all of their cash proceeds to the RNLI.

Owner Maria said: ‘We know how hard all the volunteers work so its the least we can do to show our support.’


The market raised £759.96, all of which has been donated to the RNLI. As a charity we are reliant on voluntary donations to power our lifesaving work. There are may ways that you can give to the RNLI such as giving to our appeals or by simply giving a one off donation. You can also support us by taking part in an organised fundraising event or plan one of your own. If you would like more information on fundraising ideas to help raise much needed funds for the RNLI please visit our website for more details or pop into your local station to discuss any fundraising ideas that you may have.

 

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. It provides on call, 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service around the coast of the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland and a beach lifeguard service on over 200 beaches.


Media contacts

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RNLI/Kirstee David

Stormy Stan checking over the merchandise

RNLI/Kirstee David

Stormy and his super fans

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.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.