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Stephen reaches peak for Hartlepool RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool fundraiser Stephen Jones and his friend Jeff Brown hit the heights by climbing an impressive 8,346 feet to reach the summit of the Moldoveanu Peak in Romania during a two and a half day climb that took place last year which raised £1,600 for the Hartlepool RNLI.

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Stepen Jones at the summit of the ‘Moldoveanu Peak’.

Stephen explained: 'I was in the Royal Navy for several years so I know how important sea safety is.

‘I live close to the sea so I thought the local RNLI station and its volunteer crew members were the best charity to support.'

Stephen went on to say: ‘The hardest part of the climb was along the ridge that leads to the peak but we had a great sense of satisfaction when we had finished the climb.’

Chris Hornsey deputy launch authority at the Ferry Road lifeboat station said: ‘we are very grateful for this donation which I know Stephen has had to work extremely hard for to achieve.

‘The money raised will go towards the on-going training for the crew members here and saving lives at sea.’

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Stephen Jones(second right) with Hartlepool RNLI members (left to right) Steve Dunnett, Chris Hornsey and Tommy Price.

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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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