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Charity Bingo in aid of Wells RNLI draws a full house

Lifeboats News Release

Local community bingo group ‘Wicken Green Bingo’ who are based at Green park rural centre Sculthorpe held a charity bingo in aid of Wells RNLI on Friday 20 October raising an amazing £1040 for the station.

Retired RNLI tractor driver Eaglen MBE with Bingo caller Glen Tuddenham. Philip gave 53 years service to Wells RNLI.

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Retired RNLI tractor driver Eaglen MBE with Bingo caller Glen Tuddenham

The event was which was well supported across all generations, was also attended by former Wells lifeboat tractor driver Philip Eaglen MBE who gave 53 years service to the RNLI. He collected the monies raised and helped to draw the raffle.

The weekly bingos are organised by Kate Taylor Nevill, Kevin Raven and Zoey Raven who have been running the bingo for two years and have so far raised over £10,000 for local charities.

Kate said: ‘We could not do the charity bingos without the fantastic support from the local community who donate prizes and our regular bingo players who turn out to support us no matter the weather.’

The RNLI is a charity close to Kate’s heart. Her grandfather Frank Taylor DSM, was second coxswain, and his name along with her brother Carl are on the station's Shannon class lifeboat, Duke of Edinburgh.

Kate added: ‘The organisers felt as it’s crewed totally by volunteers, they deserve all the help they can get.’

Wells RNLI is very grateful for this donation to continue with their lifesaving work. The volunteer crew are on call 24 hours a day to save lives at sea.

Notes to editor

Volunteers are the lifeblood of the charity and 97% of its frontline lifesavers are volunteers.

The RNLI's vision is to save every one. To find out more and make a donation, please visit: Every penny counts.

The Wells RNLI is located at Beach Road, Wells-next-the-sea, Norfolk, NR23 1DR. There is a well stocked shop in the boat house, usually open Fridays to Mondays, 10am-4pm, staffed entirely by volunteers.

The current lifeboats at the station are a Shannon class all-weather lifeboat No 13-46, Duke of Edinburgh, new to the station in 2023 and a D class inshore lifeboat No. D-797 Peter Wilcox, in service since 2016.

Philip Eaglen MBE receiving monies raised at charity Bingo on behalf of Wells RNLI

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Philip Eaglen MBE receiving monies raised at charity Bingo on behalf of Wells RNLI

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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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