Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, currently being built 8 miles off the Sussex coast, has made a £100,000 donation to the RNLI from its Rampion Community Fund.
This funding will be spread across the lifeboat stations in Newhaven, Brighton, Shoreham Harbour and Littlehampton, which operate in the area surrounding the wind farm.
Built by E.ON, UK Green Investment Rampion Ltd and Canadian energy infrastructure company Enbridge, the project is due to be fully operational in 2018. Once complete, it will provide enough electricity to supply almost 347,000 homes a year – equivalent to around half the homes in Sussex.
The Community Fund was set up last year to benefit communities across Sussex and our aim is to make a real difference to people living in the area surrounding the wind farm.
To keep the wind farm in full working order, our wind turbine technicians will be transiting between our operations base in Newhaven and the Rampion site, for the lifetime of the project. With a significant level of commercial and recreational sea user activity operating from ports and marinas across the coast, safety at sea will always be a key priority for us all. We are therefore delighted to be able to make this donation to the RNLI, who do an incredible job to keep everyone safe at sea, no matter the time, the season or the weather.
We would like to thank Rampion for this kind donation. Last year the RNLI saved 431 lives around the coast of the UK and Ireland and this vital work wouldn’t be possible without donations such as this.
As a charity, the RNLI receives no government funding and we rely entirely on donations, legacies and fundraising, so this money will help our incredible lifeboat volunteers, at these four busy south coast stations, to continue to save lives at sea.