Graham Critchlow, who has been a fundraiser at Tynemouth RNLI for over 20 years, has hit the very impressive milestone of raising over £150,000 for the lifeboat station.
Graham, from Heaton, spends his spare time going around the local and not so local businesses in the North East. He collects the RNLI boxes that you see on many shop counters to help continue to save lives at Tynemouth RNLI.
His amazing fundraising efforts help keep the Severn class lifeboat, Osier
and D class inshore lifeboat, Little Susie, fuelled up and ready for service. With a fuel bill to cover 300,000 litres every year, Graham's fundraising has a huge impact and ensures that the lifeboats can be ready to answer the call.
Graham currently collects from over 100 boxes dotted between Newcastle and the coast from local pubs, shops and restaurants.
'Every penny counts', Graham says, 'I never thought in my time with the RNLI I would be able to make it to such a huge milestone, but all those pennies, ten pence pieces and pounds have really added up!'
The collection box that took Graham over the £150,000 milestone was from DFDS Ferries, who have been a long time supporter of both Tynemouth RNLI and Graham himself.
Graham added: 'It’s fitting that the collection box that took me over the total was from DFDS, as they were one of the first businesses to help me out over 20 years ago. It couldn’t have been done without all the support of the businesses who help me out.'
James, a Tynemouth RNLI crew member states: 'This is an amazing achievement from Graham and really does help keep the station running. From the bandages and plasters in the first aid kit, to the fuel that goes into the tanks of our lifeboats, it all needs to be paid for. Without Graham's contribution to the station, we wouldn’t be able to go out and save lives at sea.'
If you’re interested in helping Graham reach his next target and would like a collection box in your business, email: [email protected]
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