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Port Talbot RNLI's new fundraising chair hosts first big fundraiser of the year

Lifeboats News Release

Last month saw a new chair and deputy join Port Talbot RNLI’s fundraising committee. Sue Summerfield took over the position of chair from long term fundraiser Sharon Thomas.

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Strawberry Tea 2023

Within her first four weeks in position new Chair Sue prepared and hosted a Strawberry tea with the help and support of her new fundraising committee.

The Strawberry tea has always been a very popular fundraising event for the station however the new chair felt that this year it should be bigger and better than ever.

Sue Summerfield said: ‘It was hard work but a team of dedicated volunteers came together to host a very successful strawberry tea. We were delighted that over 70 people came to support the event which raised a fantastic £542.80.

The team certainly pulled out all the stops preparing hundreds of home made cakes and freshly prepared sandwiches, strawberries and cream and unlimited tea and coffee.

As with every good fundraising event they had a raffle and a tombola for a bit of extra fun and the gift shop remained open throughout.

As a station we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all those who attended and to all the local businesses who supported our event by donating food items and raffle prizes without which the event would not have been possible.'


Port Talbot RNLI’s fundraising committee are actively recruiting for new volunteers. Please do get in touch if you have any time to spare in helping with our fundraising efforts


The RNLI is a registered charity that saves lives at sea. It provides, on call, a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service to 100 miles out from the coast of the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland and a beach lifeguard service on over 200 beaches in England. If you would like more information on fundraising ideas to help raise much needed funds for the RNLI please visit our website for more details or pop into your local station to discuss any fundraising ideas that you may have.


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Volunteer Nick in action
Strawberries and Cream

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