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Hoylake RNLI volunteer crew raise £1,100 at annual fundraising car wash

Lifeboats News Release

Hoylake RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew held their annual car wash on Saturday 3rd June and with the support of the local community raised £1,100. Every penny donated goes towards RNLI volunteer crews saving lives at sea this summer.

RNLI/Robyn Callander

Hoylake RNLI’s volunteers raised £1,100 and cleaned over 100 vehicles at their annual car wash
The annual fundraising car wash is a much loved event amongst the local community and returned last year after a three year hiatus due to Covid-19. Last year just under £900 was raised to support our lifesaving work before our volunteer crew downed hoses to go to the rescue of four paddleboarders.

However, this year our crew were not tasked to launch and worked tirelessly in the glorious sunshine at Hoylake Lifeboat Station for three hours, scrubbing, rinsing and polishing over 100 cars. The day was a full team effort with our amazing gift shop and fundraising volunteers selling our RNLI souvenirs and speaking with the local community about the RNLI’s vital work.

With Hoylake RNLI volunteer crew launching 37 times in 2022 and 39 in 2021, money raised through fundraising events like this help to ensure that lifeboat crews and lifeguards have everything they need to save lives at sea. Warmer weather draws more people to the water, and the RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews will drop whatever they’re doing when a call for help comes in.

Hoylake RNLI Coxswain Howie Owen said: “We are so grateful to the local community for supporting our annual car wash. Their generosity and support makes events like this such a success and worthwhile."

Howie added: “Summer sees thousands of people heading out to enjoy our coast. It’s our busiest time of year as anyone can get into difficulty, whether it’s an experienced sailor, a group of friends on paddleboards, or a family enjoying a beach trip.”

“Our crew are ready to launch to the rescue but we rely on the generosity of the public to support our events, raising vital funds so we can be there when we’re needed most. Your support funds training, kit, stations and fuel – just some of the things we need to save lives.”

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For more information please contact

Robyn Callander, Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer on 07875 102 848 or email [email protected]

Dan Whiteley, Lifeboat Press Officer on 07799 851 316 or email [email protected]

RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789

Notes to editors

Hoylake Lifeboat Station was founded in 1803 and is one of the oldest Lifeboat Stations in the UK. It operates the Shannon class all-weather lifeboat Edmund Hawthorn Micklewood and Inshore Rescue Hovercraft Hurley Spirit.

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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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