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Celebrity chef helps raise important funds for the RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Celebrity chef, Michael Caines MBE, has recently donated important funds to the RNLI.

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Michael presents a cheque to the RNLI at Lympstone Manor Hotel. Left to Right Exmouth RNLI Crew Volunteer Geoff Mills, Chair of Exmouth RNLI Fundraising Team, Des White, Michael Caines MBE and Exmouth RNLI Crew Volunteer Neil Cannon.

Michael Caines MBE, owner of the world class, luxury 5 star Lympstone Manor Hotel in Exmouth and the renowned Mickey’s Beach Bar & Restaurant at Sideshore on Exmouth seafront has donated £557.47 to the RNLI following collections for the lifesaving charity at those establishments.

Presenting the cheque to Des White, Chair of the Fundraising Team at Exmouth RNLI, Michael said “I decided to help support the RNLI because it’s a charity that’s entrenched in our coastal communities and it’s made up of volunteers who give up their time to save lives at sea. I’m particularly conscious of their important work locally with our Lympstone Manor Hotel overlooking the River Exe and Mickeys Beach Bar and Restaurant on the seafront in Exmouth that, for me, makes the RNLI a fantastic and logical choice. As a Chef, I’m especially aware of how the charity safeguards our fishing industry around our coastline, particularly out of Brixham and here in Exmouth, with trawlers working sure in the knowledge that the RNLI are there if they get into difficulty on the water. So it's a charity that’s close to our hearts and very important here on our coastline - the work that they do deserves all the support and funds we can raise and I’m very grateful to our customers for this amazing response.”

Des White, Chair of the Fundraising Team at Exmouth RNLI, said “We’re immensely grateful to Michael for helping to raise these funds for the RNLI. As the charity that saves lives at sea in the UK and Ireland we are reliant on generous voluntary donations such at this to power our important lifesaving work. With over 9,000 volunteer crew and shore crew at 238 lifeboat stations around the coast relying on lifeboat stations, lifeboats, training, kit and rescue equipment to help them save lives at sea, donations such as these are vital to us and I must thank all who contributed.”

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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