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New Years Eve Dip Raises £149 for St Bees RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Kelsey Chambers aged 14 dressed as an Elf took part in the New Years Eve dip on the Golden Sands in Whitehaven raising a magnificent £149.00 for the charity.

Kelsey and her friend looking cold even before the dip in the sea

RNLI/Colin Wadey

Kelsey and her friend before the dip

Kelsey is donating her sponsor money to St Bees RNLI in memory of her late Great Granda Raymond Bull who was a keen fisherman and supporter of the RNLI.

Dick Beddows, Lifeboat Operations Manager said ‘Thanks for your support Kelsey and for braving the cold Irish Sea. The money you raised will help us in our aim to reduce preventable loss of life at sea’.

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The two girls drying off and getting warmed up after their dip in the sea

RNLI/Colin Wadey

Warming up and drying off

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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.

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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