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Wrexham woman to host RNLI Fish Supper fundraiser

Lifeboats News Release

A Wrexham woman is stepping up to the plate to support the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) Fish Supper fundraising campaign in honour of lifeboat crew who miss meal times and special occasions with loved ones to save lives at sea.

Ann Ford, of Langford Close, will lay on the fish-themed fundraiser at St Martin's Church Hall in Llay next week, with food for the feast being kindly supplied by Stubbies Chip Shop on Council Street, Llay. Tickets are £5 and all proceeds from the Fish Supper will help provide the best equipment and training for RNLI volunteers.

The RNLI’s annual Fish Supper campaign encourages people across the UK and the Republic of Ireland to host a fish-themed dinner to raise funds for the lifesaving charity. It aims to raise awareness lifeboat crew members who drop everything – even weddings, birthdays and births – to venture into often dangerous waters to rescue people who have found themselves in difficulty.

Ann said: ‘My husband and I have supported the RNLI for many years by buying gifts and cards from the shops. Now I have retired I thought I would support this event.

‘I am inviting friends, church members and my fellow members of Llay WI and I am hoping for at least 25 people to attend.’

Ann’s guests can also look forward to a quiz and a raffle as part of the evening, which is planned for Thursday 20 October at 6.30pm.

The importance of togetherness and team spirit is at the heart of the RNLI and is what makes the charity and its volunteers so special. In 2015, RNLI lifeboats launched on 8,228 services around the UK and Ireland, rescued 7,973 people and saved 348 lives. RNLI volunteer crew members missed nearly 7,000 meals to rescue people in need of assistance.

Anyone interested in hosting their own Fish Supper can request a free fundraising pack and receive more information by visiting RNLI.org/FishSupper. The website features recipes, party game ideas and place name cards to help the evening go swimmingly.

The main weekend for holding a Fish Supper is this weekend, 14–16 October, however events can be held at any time over the coming weeks. The RNLI is asking for donations to be sent in to the charity by 26 November.
 
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Pic caption: Join Wrexham’s Ann Ford and sign up to host a fundraising Fish Supper and help the RNLI save lives at sea. Credit RNLI.
 
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For further information, please contact Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on chris_cousens@rnli.org.uk.

Key facts about the RNLI

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 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.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland

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