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Royal smiles for Hartlepool RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

A charity night held at the popular town centre Church Street pub raised £500.00 for the cause where pub owner Alison Shirvani said ‘We were delighted to play our part and help the team to try and reach their target’.

RNLI/Tom Collins

Pub owner Alison Shirvani pictured with Hartlepool Rnli crewmember Andy Johnson(left) and fellow cyclist Noel Cornforth.

‘The night was a tremendous success and I would like to thank everyone who helped’.

‘We hope to have another charity night for the RNLI in the future and I would like to wish the cyclists a safe journey to Edinburgh’.

Hartlepool Rnli volunteer crewmember Andy Johnson who is one of the cyclists taking part in the ride said ‘This very generous donation from The Royal pub is most welcome and I would like to thank the staff and the regulars at the pub who took part in the fundraising night’.

Six cyclists, three of them RNLI volunteers are cycling the 210 mile ‘Coast and Castles’ route from Hartlepool to Edinburgh over three days at the end of May to raise funds for the Hartlepool RNLI’.

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