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Toast the Coast Food Tours gets onboard with Larne RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Larne company Toast The Coast Food Tours has today (Friday 15 June) pledged its support to Larne RNLI this summer, while celebrating the beautiful coastline along the Antrim Coast Road.

Portia Woods, founder of Toast the Coast, with volunteer crew from Larne RNLI


Portia Woods, founder of Toast the Coast, with volunteer crew from Larne RNLI

Toast the Coast is a food tour along the world-famous Causeway Coastal route, showcasing the towns and villages with tasty local food. The experience allows customers to indulge in a range of hand-reared, hooked and harvested food from the best of local award-winning producers, whilst enjoying the beautiful Antrim coastline.

As the tour starts in Belfast, heading north along the Antrim Coast Road, passing two RNLI stations, Larne and Red Bay, it is fitting that Toast the Coast selected the RNLI as its official charity. Toast the Coast will make a donation to Larne RNLI for every booking made by local and international visitors.

Portia Woods, founder of Toast The Coast Food Tours said: 'This is an excellent opportunity to toast the Antrim coastline and at the same time, recognise and support the work of Larne RNLI through raising vital funds for our local volunteers'.

The RNLI relies on public donations to maintain its 24/7 rescue service. The donations will help raise funds for essential lifeboat crew kit.

Allan Dorman, Larne RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: 'The summer season is traditionally our busiest time of the year, so these generous donations will ensure our volunteer crew can face the harshest conditions with the best kit possible.

'Our relationship with Toast the Coast Food Tours is a brilliant opportunity to help fund this kit and raise the profile of the RNLI with international visitors to our coastline.'

To find out more information about Toast The Coast Food Tours visit Contact Portia Woods.


RNLI media contacts

For more information please contact Fiona Kirkpatrick, Larne RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07738059405, email or contact Nuala McAloon RNLI Regional Media Officer Ireland on 00353876483547 or email or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Regional Media Manager Ireland on 00353871254124 or

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