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Join October’s Fishy Fundraising and help save lives at sea

Lifeboats News Release

Lifesaving charity, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), is calling on people across South Wales to join in with Fish Supper – the autumn’s national foodie fundraising event.

Between 5-21 October, the RNLI is encouraging people to come together with friends, family or their community and organise or attend a fishy-themed, fun eating experience, to raise vital funds to help save lives at sea.

The RNLI relies on the generosity of the public to fund its lifesaving services. The charity’s volunteer lifeboat crew often sacrifice their own precious meal times and special occasions at a moment’s notice – answering the call of their pagers to rescue those in need on the water.

A range of fish suppers are already being organised by RNLI fundraisers, lifeboat stations and businesses across the UK and Ireland, where people can enjoy a fish inspired dish while raising funds for the charity’s lifesaving services.

In 2017, RNLI lifeboats launched 8,436 times and its volunteers rescued 8,072 people across the UK and Republic of Ireland. On average 22 people per day were rescued.

Jen Abell, RNLI Community Fundraising Manager, says: ‘We are hosting many private and public Fish Supper events across South Wales to recognise the courageous men and women who brave all weathers to rescue those in trouble at sea.’

This year public Fish Suppers are being held at:

  • New Quay RNLI are holding Fish and chips night on 13th October from 7pm at the New Quay Yacht Club, tickets in advance or on the door priced £10, includes cod and chips and entertainment from the excellent local Sea Shanty group “Three sheets to the wind”. For tickets email tim.dysonrichards@gmail.com.

  • Penarth RNLI are holding their James Sommerin Fish Supper, at Penarth Lifeboat Station, on 21st October, tickets available from Philip Lay – Philip@phlventures.com

  • Barry Dock RNLI Fundraising Branch are holding a Fish Supper and Quiz at the Whitmore + Jackson Café, 26th October from 7pm, price £15, tickets available from the café or Barry RNLI Visitor Centre.

  • All Saints Church, Barry, Fish & Chip Lunch Social on the 3rd November from 12pm. Price £10.

If you can’t get to an event or don’t have one near you, you can host your own Fish Supper and contribute to helping raise vital funds. Anyone can sign up to be a host and it doesn’t matter how accomplished you are at cooking – you might want to prepare a fancy three course meal for all of the family or just a fish finger sandwich for you and a friend – the choice is yours!

Visit RNLI.org/fishsupper to sign up to host your own Fish Supper, browse our tasty recipes and download our fun fishy quiz and party materials; and don’t forget to share your event on social media using the hashtag #RNLIFishSupper.

Notes to editors

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Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,400 lives.

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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 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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Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.

 

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