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St Bees RNLI go to the assistance of Father Christmas

Lifeboats News Release

A special evening for St Bees RNLI

RNLI/Joseph Raymond

On Tuesday 28 November St Bees RNLI volunteer crew were tasked by the elves on a very special mission to help Santa spread festive cheer throughout St Bees.

Father Christmas, along with his merry band of cycling elves, met children of the village and helped turn on the village Christmas lights.

We would like to thank everyone that attended for their generous donations that were collected throughout the parade. An incredible £205.22 was raised.

St Bees RNLI would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

RNLI volunteers are ready to rescue 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – even at Christmas. They will drop everything to save the life of a stranger. Even if it means leaving their family behind on Christmas Day. Donations received from tonight's parade will help fund the training, equipment and operational support of St Bees Lifeboat Station.

Notes to editors

● St Bees Lifeboat Station has been operating since 1970. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to

RNLI media contacts

For more information please email Joe Raymond, St Bees RNLI volunteer Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer at [email protected] or Claire Fitzpatrick-Smith, Regional Media Officer on [email protected] or 07977 728 315. Or you can contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.

RNLI/Joseph Raymond

St Bees RNLI meet the Grinch

RNLI/Joseph Raymond

Our Lifeboat Operations Manager and his cycling elves escorted Santa around the village.

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