Local insurer’s support for Larne RNLI helps build community resilience

Lifeboats News Release

NFU Mutual Agents and their staff at the local East Antrim agency recently nominated Larne RNLI to receive a donation of more than £3,000 from NFU Mutual’s national £1.92 million Agency Giving Fund.

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Larne RNLI volunteer crew with NFU mutual agent Richard Lee

NFU Mutual Agents and their staff at the local East Antrim agency recently nominated Larne RNLI to receive a donation of more than £3,000 from NFU Mutual’s national £1.92 million Agency Giving Fund.

The leading rural insurer has launched this fund, now in its third year, to help local frontline charities across the country. The Agency Giving Fund forms part of NFU Mutual’s £3.25m funding pledge for both local and national charities in 2022, to help tackle the ongoing effects of the pandemic and assist with recovery.

To ensure these donations reach all corners of the UK and are directed where they’re needed most, NFU Mutual’s Agents, with over 295 offices nationwide, have been given the opportunity to nominate local charities to receive a share of the fund

Allan Dorman, Larne RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: ‘As the charity that saves lives at sea, we are very grateful for this generous donation which will help us continue to power our lifesaving work. The average annual training cost for each individual crew member is £1,400. The funds raised will enable us to kit out a volunteer crew member with the essential kit they need when they respond to their pager and prepare to go to someone’s need at sea. As a charity we are reliant on voluntary donations such as this to do our work, without which we would not be able to provide our 24/7, 365 days a year on call service.'

Richard Lee commented: ‘We chose to nominate Larne RNLI as our chosen charity because here in County Antrim we have so much coastline and the RNLI is keeping our waters safe. They, like many others, have been hampered with fundraising activity due to the pandemic so to be able to make this donation was a no-brainer for us. To visit the station on their weekly training night and have the opportunity to see how our donation will be used was a great, interesting way to spend an evening!'

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Larne RNLI coxswain Frank Healy, accepting cheque from NFU mutual agent, Richard Lee

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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