Clacton RNLI was presented with a cheque of £2983 by Clacton’s High Street Sainsbury, capping off a busy period for the fundraisers at Clacton RNLI.
As a result of a year long fundraising campaign of tombolas, box collections, book sales and other activities, members of the Clacton store were able to present Steve Cole (Clacton RNLI’s fundraising Chairman) and Peter Edwards (Chair of Clacton Lifeboat Management Committee) a cheque for £2983.
Steve Cole thanked the team from Sainsbury’s for all their time and effort during the past year, and for making the volunteer team from Clacton RNLI so welcome. Mr Cole went on to thank the customers of Sainsbury's who generously supported the campaign and looks forward to working with the store again in the future.
This presentation came only days after the Clacton Airshow, during which the RNLI station is open to the public, allowing the RNLI volunteers to talk to, and show off the equipment used to those visiting. While open to the public the volunteer crew and fundraising team sold over 600 £1 raffle tickets, bringing the grand total sold to 2784. A big 'thank you' to everyone who purchased a ticket.
The draw was held on Tuesday 28 August, with the first prize being a Fred Olsen Cruise. Steve Cole thanked all those that took part, and the businesses that generously donated the prizes.
Even though everyone at Clacton RNLI is a volunteer the average running costs of an inshore lifeboat station is £95,000. Which is why the volunteer fundraising team and the support received from the local community is so important to the station's mission to save lives at sea.
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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 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.
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