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Sixth annual Skegness RNLI Ball raises record figure

Lifeboats News Release

Overwhelming support saw this year’s annual Skegness RNLI Fundraising Ball raise the highest total yet with a whopping £12,782.20.

The Ball, sponsored by Centrica since its debut back in 2011, has now raised over £60,000 for the town's much loved RNLI station. Attended by over 180 guests and supporters, the event held at the Suncastle on the town's North Parade on 10 September 2016, has gone from strength to strength, a testimony to the support from local businesses and residents.
The evening saw entertainment from jazz group Tufty Gordon & friends and a sensational set by soul group Soul Intentions.
As in previous events, the Ball's raffle and auction raised huge sums towards the lifesaving charity's fundraising efforts. This year enormous support from attendees saw a total of over £4000 coming from jacket pockets and purses on the night. Prizes such as 49” 4k HD TV, an Apple iWatch and £250 of Eden Hall vouchers were on offer in the raffle whilst a trip on the town's forthcoming state of the art Shannon class lifeboat and an Audi R8 for the day were amongst the offerings for the evening's Auction lots.
Spokesman for the Ball committee, Skegness lifeboat Coxswain Ray Chapman MBE, has been overwhelmed by the response from local business and support from guests enjoying the night. He said: 'When we thought through the idea of a Ball back in 2011 we had no idea we would raise such a terrific amount for the RNLI, it really has been a very worthwhile endeavour. I’d just really like to thank everyone for their support, it’s been really great.'
Ray went on to say: 'These kinds of events make you realise how generous the people of Skegness are, its success is due largely to the support we’ve received.'
Notes to editors
• Full list of sponsors and supporters: Centrica plc, Bulidbase, Blue Anchor Leisure, Micronclean, Batemans Brewery, High-Tech Fire and Security ltd, JT’s Public House, NMC Surfacing ltd, Skegness Springs ltd, Boston Audi, Top of the Pile Quality Carpets ltd, John Lacy & Sons Plumbers, Coast & County Electrical Distributors, Bray Design, MKM Building Supplies, Copy Stat, Hallgate Lincs ltd, BB Insure, Electric Centre, Skegness Pier, Facial Attraction, G L Evans Construction ltd, Alan Gordon-Griffiths, RNLI College, The Suncastle, Dean Godden, Wrates Photographers, Tufty Gordon, 
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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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