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Hirst Progressive’s 20th year helping Newbiggin lifeboat station

Lifeboats News Release

The Hirst Progressive Club in Ashington recently made another generous donation to Newbiggin Lifeboat Station as part of an ongoing fundraising partnership supporting their local lifesaving volunteers.

Cheque Presentation

RNLI/Richard Martin

Hirst Progressive

Indeed the Hirst Progressive supporters have made regular donations over the last twenty years and this year made another generous donation.

The members of the Club rallied together to support one of their group who suffered a personal family tragedy involving a drowning in Cambois Bay almost twenty years ago. The incident led to a major search and rescue operation that was carried out with many rescue units including Newbiggin Lifeboat and Newbiggin’s Coast Rescue Team taking part. The dedication and effort of all the volunteers involved in the incident created a focus for the Club members who wanted to send out a signal of support for all those who had helped. Since then every year Newbiggin Lifeboat has received a generous donation from the Club supporters as a result of money raised from collecting boxes, dart competitions and other events.

Representatives from Newbiggin Lifeboat Station were invited up to the Hirst Progressive Club recently to receive the cheque. Newbiggin RNLI’s representatives Les Fayers and crew members were handed the cheque and passed on their sincere thanks for such a valuable and sustained effort to support their local RNLI Lifeboat Station. Richard Martin from Newbiggin lifeboat commented ‘ we are so grateful to these valuable annual donations that are vital to support our lifesaving and continuous training operations at Newbiggin. I am lost for words to express our sincere thanks to the membership at the Hirst Progressive enough for what they do for us at Newbiggin especially in our 167th year of lifesaving.’


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If you would like to find out more about Newbiggin lifeboat station, its volunteers and its heritage then take a look at the local website

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