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Blackpool Piers Donate to Blackpool RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

On Sunday 27 August 2023 Blackpool Pier Company presented a donation to the Blackpool RNLI at the Lifeboat Station open day.

Shows reps from Blackpool Piers Co presenting crew with donation

RNLI/Stephen Fitzgerald

Blackpool Pier Company Donation 1 - Tower

At the Blackpool RNLI Open Day, representatives of the Directors and Staff of the Blackpool Pier Company presented a cheque for £3,000 to the volunteer crews of the Lifeboat Station. Martine Hagel, General Manager of North Pier and Jamie McKenzie, General Manager of Central Pier were joined by RNLI volunteer mascot, Stormy Stan, in the presentation to two volunteer lifeboat crew.

Martine said: ‘We have been working alongside the RNLI for many years, advising them of people in the sea around the Piers, and through that witnessing the dedication, professionalism and bravery of all the crews. The Blackpool Pier Company have nothing but admiration for the service they provide any time of the day and night. This is why we at the three piers support the RNLI charity all we can.’

David Warburton, volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager at Blackpool RNLI said: ‘We cannot thank the Blackpool Pier Company enough for their generous donation, that will be utilised on the RNLI lifeboat service locally. The three piers are a dominant feature in all our responses, and it is good to know we will continue to work together to keep Blackpool safe.’

Notes to editors


1. Presentation with lifeboat backdrop

2. Central Pier back drop

Both featuring Stormy Stan RNLI volunteer mascot, volunteer Blackpool RNLI crew Steve Lynskey and Rob McKenzie, with Martine Hagel and James McKenzie, Blackpool Piers Company.

Central Pier back drop for Blackpool Piers Co RNLI donation

RNLI/Stephen Fitzgerald

Blackpool Piers Donation 2 - Central Pier

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