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Enjoy a Fish Supper in York by award winning chef and help save lives at sea

Lifeboats News Release

Michelin Starred chef Andrew Pern is supporting The Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI’s) annual fundraising event Fish Supper. Andrew has devised a bespoke seafood menu to be showcased on Wednesday 4 October at Star Inn the City, York.


Fish Supper 2017

The event is taking place ahead of the RNLI’s national Fish Supper campaign which runs from 13 to 15 October. The charity is encouraging people to attend or host a fish-themed meal during this weekend to help raise vital funds to enable them to continue saving lives at sea.

Tickets for Andrew’s three-course meal cost £45 per person and £15 of each ticket sale will be donated to the RNLI. Diners will be greeted with a glass of prosecco on arrival.

The menu will feature mouth-watering seafood from Whitby including lobster and seared sea scallops. It will be prepared by chef Matt Hunter and the team at Star Inn the City, York.

Andrew Pern, explained: ‘As a chef and someone who loves to cook fish and seafood, I’m so pleased to get behind the RNLI’s Fish Supper – it’s certainly a tasty way to support the brave RNLI volunteers who often sacrifice their mealtimes with loved ones to save lives at sea.

‘I was involved with the charity’s campaign last year and the Fish Supper at Star Inn the City, York was a lovely occasion and proved very popular. It would be great if people joined us again this year to eat, drink and help raise funds towards a hugely worthwhile cause.’

Tickets for the Fish Supper are available by calling Star Inn the City, York on: 01904 619208.

Matthew McNally, an RNLI volunteer crew member, will also be attending the event to talk about the vital lifesaving work of the charity.

Matthew said: ‘As a volunteer crew member, my pager can beep at any time. Whether I’m at work, asleep in bed or about to tuck into my dinner – I’ll stop what I’m doing and go straight to the lifeboat station, ready to save lives.

‘Events such as the Fish Supper in York are a great way for people to get together and support the RNLI and I’m really looking forward to being involved.

‘We’re also encouraging people to hold their own Fish Suppers. It’s easy to sign up for a free fundraising pack and then enjoy hosting a fun evening with your friends and family. If cooking’s not your thing, you could always serve up something simple like a fish finger sandwich or fish and chips.’

To receive a Fish Supper fundraising pack and to see some delicious recipe inspirations, visit: Supper

Last year, RNLI lifeboat crews across the UK and Ireland rescued 8,643 people and saved 431 lives. It costs over £485,000 per day to run the RNLI, and the charity relies on donations from the public to continue its lifesaving service.

RNLI Picture captions

Fish supper photos, please credit: RNLI.

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For more information please contact Clare Hopps, RNLI Regional Media Officer North East and East on 07824 518614 or at


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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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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland