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Fleetwood RNLI receive fantastic donation

Lifeboats News Release

The Coxswain of Fleetwood lifeboat, Tony Cowell, accepted an invitation to meet up with the Mayor of Bury and the Bury Ladies Lifeboat Guild to receive an amazing donation of £10,000.

The photograph shows Bury Mayor, Dorothy Gunther, presenting the cheque to Tony Cowell, accompanied by Bury Ladies Lifeboat Guild.

RNLI/Tony Cowell

The photograph shows Bury Mayor, Dorothy Gunther, presenting the cheque to Tony Cowell, accompanied by Bury Ladies Lifeboat Guild.

The Bury Ladies Lifeboat Guild have strong connections with Fleetwood, having funded the previous Tyne class lifeboat, William Street, named after the Bury based benefactor.

The cheque was presented to Tony Cowell by the Mayor of Bury, Dorothy Gunther, who nominated the life-saving charity, as part of the Mayoral Charity Appeal for 2017/18. The Mayor was accompanied by the Bury Ladies Lifeboat Guild and their Chairperson, Iona Worthington.

Tony Cowell, Coxswain at Fleetwood RNLI said, ‘This is a fantastic donation and we can’t thank the Mayor and our friends at the Lifeboat Guild, enough for their continued support. We look forward to their visit here in Fleetwood, in June.’

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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