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RNLI Fundraiser Marj Braves the Elements Again

Lifeboats News Release

Marj Abraham is a stalwart when it comes to raising money for the RNLI. This year she has raised over £2,000 by selling raffle tickets for her, now well known, hand made patchwork quilts.

End of season raffle draw, Marj is assisted by husband John and volunteer crew at Porthcawl

RNLI/Ian Stroud

Marj supervises the raffle draw

For seventeen years Marj and her friends spend the winter months armed with a needle and thread busily making patchwork quilts. When the spring arrives she sits outside Porthcawl lifeboat station shop selling raffle tickets that give purchasers the opportunity to win one of the beautiful quilts. Not always bathed in sunshine but Marj knows in her own way her efforts help to keep our lifeboats afloat.

Marj, who lives in Picton Ave Porthcawl said, ‘I am used to the weather conditions now after so many years but sadly, I was unable to spend quite as much time on the front this year and believe it or not the sun doesn’t always shine in Porthcawl. I get concerned each year that we would not have as many visitors braving the walk along the promenade to the lifeboat station. Fortunately though, once again this year, I have been delighted by the support from the public, especially those I have got to know over the years’.

Spokesman Ian Stroud said, ‘In 2014 Marj was recognised at the annual Fundraising and Supporter Awards and was presented with the RNLI’s Silver Badge for her years of dedication to the charity. Traditionally at the end of September the crew and helpers applaud Marj’s efforts and help her draw the lucky winners out of the bag. This, however, does not mean she can relax as Marj and her friends start preparing quilts throughout the winter ready for next year’.

Phil Missen MBE, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Porthcawl, said ‘If it wasn’t for people like Marj our Lifeboats would not be able to do the job they do. It’s not only the crew that are volunteers but there is a vast team of dedicated people that go to huge lengths to bring in funds for the RNLI. In her first year Marjorie raised just under £300 and each year this has grown significantly, her total now stands at a staggering almost £70,000. On behalf of the RNLI and Porthcawl in particular I must thank Marj, her friends and all her supporters who call to buy tickets from her year after year, we on the operational side of the RNLI are very appreciative of all fundraising’.

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, 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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