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Rhyl RNLI call for help!

Lifeboats News Release

Rhyl RNLI lifeboat station is looking for volunteers to help collect donations during the Rhyl Air Show next weekend, with all donations going towards a new £2.2 million jet powered Shannon Class Lifeboat for Rhyl.

RNLI/Callum Robinson

Rhyl’s volunteer lifeboat crew and fundraisers are pleased to be this year’s chosen charity for the Rhyl Airshow. To make the most of this opportunity the RNLI are looking for willing volunteers to give up some time during the airshow to help collect for the charity that saves lives at sea.

Rhyl RNLI Coxswain Martin Jones says: ‘This is a brilliant chance for the local people of the surrounding area to help raise funds for our new state of the art lifeboat, that will be coming to Rhyl to help us continue to save lives for years to come.'

The Rhyl Airshow, which will take place over the August bank holiday weekend (26 and 27) attracted tens of thousands of people last year. Anyone who would like to help to collect donations for Rhyl RNLI can email rhyl@rnli.org.uk or phone 01745 344040. There will be an introduction and registration evening this Wednesday ( August 23) at 7pm for willing volunteers. Registration is still available during the weekend, but this may take up more time.

Rhyl RNLI Lifeboat Operation Manager Darrel Crowther says: ‘We hope that the people of Rhyl and the area can help us to make the Rhyl Airshow collection a success for us, during what looks to be a brilliant weekend for our town’.

Notes to editors:

The attached pictures show:

- A Shannon class lifeboat (credit RNLI/Callum Robinson)

- Rhyl RNLI are asking people to give up some time over the weekend of the airshow to help them raise funds for their new Shannon class lifeboat (credit RNLI/Callum Robinson)

For more information please contact Callum Robinson, Rhyl RNLI Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07780 449041 or Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on chris_cousens@rnli.org.uk. 07780 449041

RNLI/Callum Robinson

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