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RNLI Port Talbot launch fundraising Christmas card

Lifeboats News Release

Last Christmas the partner of Port Talbot RNLI's Lifeboat Press Officer, Ceri Jeffrey, illustrated a lovely Robin with RNLI helmet on a Christmas card for colleagues down in Rye Harbour.

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Juls proudly displaying her card

Production on the cards started in secret a few months ago so that Juls could be surprised once they were ready to hit the shelves. Owner of 4 Colour Digital Print of Purcell Avenue, Geraint Webley generously donated the cards and envelopes to the lifeboat station.

Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat station wanted to surprise Juls with a batch of the cards when they were hot off the press.

Juls said: ‘I was still in my pj's drawing a commission piece and there was a knock on the door from Lifeboat Press Officer Kirstee, she had a parcel of mine that accidently went to her mum's next door...not unusual I thought, however that wasn't the main reason for her visit and she told me that my drawing of a Christmas robin I did last year was apparently being made into an RNLI Christmas card. I couldn't believe it, I was so elated, tears came to my eyes, I was blown away. I can't thank people enough for thinking my drawing was good enough for a Christmas card. I was more chuffed my name is on the back and I'm still smiling - what an honour. As a partner of a lifeboat crew member I have seen him respond to a pager day and night so I just wanted to do my bit for the RNLI volunteers'

The demand on RNLI crews and lifeguards continues to increase, and people need our help now more than ever.

As a charity, the RNLI rely on voluntary donations to power its lifesaving work. With crew kit costing over £3,000 every penny raised is vital in helping to save lives at sea.

Notes to editor:

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.

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RNLI Robin card

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