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Community bonfire night displays raise thousands for the RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Hoylake and West Kirby RNLI Lifeboat Stations would like to thank two local sailing clubs for allowing charity volunteers to fundraise at their annual firework displays over the weekend.

Thousands raised for the RNLI at Hoylake Sailing Club's annual firework display.

RNLI/Siân Holmes

Thousands raised for the RNLI at Hoylake Sailing Club's annual firework display.

On Friday (3 November) thousands of people lined Hoylake promenade to see the bonfire and watch the spectacular firework display organised by Hoylake Sailing Club. Despite very poor weather the following evening, the firework display at West Kirby Sailing Club went ahead and was also exceedingly well attended, as locals braved heavy rain, sleet and wind to commemorate Guy Fawkes night.

RNLI volunteers were out in force at both events collecting donations from generous members of the public and RNLI souvenirs were sold in the West Kirby Sailing Club. The total amount raised for the charity over the weekend was £4,276.

Fundraiser Carole Jackson said: ‘We are hugely grateful to Hoylake and West Kirby Sailing Clubs for the support they have given to their local lifeboat stations and to our volunteer collectors who were fantastic; braving all the elements to raise valuable funds for the RNLI.’

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution relies on charitable donations from members of the public in order to maintain its 24/7 search and rescue operation around the coast of the UK and Republic of Ireland and the River Thames.

Media contacts:

For more information please contact Victoria Phipps, Hoylake RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07709 391253 or Chris Cousens, RNLI Regional Media Officer, West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on chris_cousens@rnli.org.uk

Thousands raised for the RNLI at Hoylake Sailing Club's annual firework display.

RNLI/Siân Holmes

Thousands raised for the RNLI at Hoylake Sailing Club's annual firework display.

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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