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7 Year Old Ruby surprises Volunteer RNLI crew

Lifeboats News Release

Ruby Blake from Ty Croes turned up at Trearddur Bay Lifeboat Station with her mother Helen on Thursday and presented DLA John Hanby with a donation and letter.

Ruby, a big fan of the RNLI, has been baking Shortbread and making Pom-Pom's and selling them to friends and family raising £51 which she has donated to the volunteer crew of Trearddur Bay RNLI. 

John Hanby, volunteer DLA at the lifeboat station said 'It is wonderful that someone so young is engaging in the activities of the RNLI and helping to raise funds towards training, every penny goes towards helping to save lives at sea.'

Accompanying the donation was a letter that Ruby had written herself thanking the volunteers for 'all the amazing work you do.'

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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