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Busy time for Hartlepool RNLI lifeboat crew and fundraisers at Tall Ships event

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI Lifeboats Operations manager Chris Hornsey has praised his volunteer crew members and fundraisers for their commitment during the Tall Ships Races event at Hartlepool.

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Hartlepool RNLI fundraisers Gillian Darnbrook-Hable, Anne Wray and Christine Cook pictured with volunteer crewmember Mark Barker at the stall during the Tall Ships event.
"It was definitely a team effort during the event with some of the crew volunteering to sleep over at the station just in case we had a shout. The daily early road closures meant that some of the volunteers had to be at the boathouse really early and not getting home until the event closed late at night.
My catering skills were appreciated by the crew, coastguard and police and the fundraising teams or at least I had no complaints as I helped keep them fed and watered throughout the event.
We also worked alongside the Coastguard in the Marina area and had a few incidents that were quickly dealt with safely and apart from a job on the River Tees we had a reasonably quiet time.
I must say thank you to Anne Wray and the Enterprise Branch fundraisers who worked tirelessly across the site with the other fundraisers during the event to make it possible for us and the other RNLI stations across the country to help save lives at sea".
For further information contact Hartlepool RNLI Press Officer Tom Collins [email protected]

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Stormy Stan pictured at the Tall Ships event.

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Fundraisers pictured at the Tall Ships event.
Hartlepool RNLI volunteers pictured opposite one of the Tall Ships.

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