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Co-op Local Community Fund raises over £101,400 for RNLI in Scotland

Lifeboats News Release

The Co-op Local Community Fund has raised an incredible £101,412.13 across 27 stores to support RNLI lifeboat stations and lifeguarded beaches up and down the country.

Islay RNLI

Crew members from Islay RNLI accept cheque from the local Co-op store

The RNLI was kindly selected to be one of the chosen charities to be supported at 27 Co-op stores across Scotland. In total, an incredible £101,412.13 was raised by Co-op customers between November 2021 and October 2022 for the RNLI in Scotland.

The following lifeboat stations were supported by their local Co-op store:

· Buckie RNLI

· Barra Island RNLI

· Campbeltown RNLI

· Dunbar RNLI

· Fraserburgh RNLI

· Girvan RNLI

· Invergordon RNLI

· Islay RNLI

· Kessock RNLI

· Kinghorn RNLI

· Kippford RNLI

· Kyle of Lochalsh RNLI

· Leverburgh RNLI

· Loch Ness RNLI

· Macduff RNLI

· Mallaig RNLI

· Montrose RNLI

· Oban RNLI

· Peterhead RNLI

· Portree RNLI

· Stromness RNLI

· Stornoway RNLI

· Tobermory RNLI

· Troon RNLI

The following RNLI lifeguarded beaches were supported:

· Burntisland RNLI Lifeguards

· Coldingham RNLI Lifeguards

· Leven RNLI Lifeguards

Paul McKeown, Fundraising and Partnerships Lead, says: ‘We’re extremely grateful for the incredibly generous donations made to support our RNLI lifeboat stations and lifeguarded beaches across the country over the last 12 months.

‘We’re also thrilled to announce that 19 RNLI lifeboat stations in Scotland have been chosen by Co-op stores to be supported over the next 12 months until October 2023. We’d encourage all our supporters to make sure they select us in order for us to receive donations when they shop, which can be done using the Co-op app. Once again, thank you.’

To find out more, visit rnli.org.uk


Notes to editors

· The RNLI has been operating since 1824. To learn more about the RNLI go to: rnli.org.uk

RNLI media contacts

Natasha Bennett, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 07826 900639, [email protected]

Martin Macnamara, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 07920 365929, [email protected]

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789

Portree RNLI

Crew members from Portree RNLI accept cheque from local Co-op store

Tobermory RNLI

A crew member from Tobermory RNLI accepts cheque from local Co-op team member

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.

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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.