Lifeboat Day nets £3000

Redcar’s annual lifeboat day has netted over £3,000 for the town’s RNLI volunteers.

Centrepiece during the day was the unusual sight of both the Redcar RNLI lifeboats being on show in the main High Street, where members of the public were able to see the craft up-close and chat to the crew about their lifesaving work.

Ian Readman, Chairman of the Redcar RNLI branch, said: ‘I’d like to genuinely thank everyone who made a donation towards the work our brave crews do, day in and day out.

‘There are a lot of charities vying for the same money and I’m always astounded at the generosity people show towards the RNLI.

2015_07_11_01‘Our volunteer crews at Redcar have had a busy few days with a rescue at the cliffs at Saltburn, and dealing with a tricky rescue of a man who capsized an inflatable craft in the surf.

‘But despite that they turned out for lifeboat day and, together with the Lifeboat Ladies Guild, were in the High Street for hours collecting funds.’

The RNLI is a charity and depends almost entirely on donations from the public and legacies. Lifeboat Days have been an important part of the RNLI’s fundraising efforts since the very first Flag Day was held in Stockport in 1891. There is more information on how to raise funds for the RNLI on their website at rnli.org/howtosupportus/Pages/How-to-support-us.aspx.

2015_07_11_02The RNLI has launched its Respect The Water campaign, aimed at halving the number of coastal drownings by 2024. More information on this campaign can be found at rnli.org/safety/respect-the-water/Pages/Safety.aspx.