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Torbay RNLI are supported by local Freemasons

Lifeboats News Release

Local Freemasons are supporting Torbay RNLI as they celebrate their 150th anniversary by presenting donations from across the Bay.

Local Freemason lodges throughout Torbay have individually celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Torbay RNLI Lifeboat by donating £150 each. This has resulted in a donation of over £1,200, with more to come.

The first RNLI lifeboat the City of Exeter was stationed at Brixham in 1866 following the great Storm when over 100 lives were lost. It was funded by the people of Exeter at a cost of £650. The current all weather lifeboat, the Severn Class the Alec & Christina Dykes has been on station since 2001 at a cost £2 million. The volunteer crews have the same dedication today as they did 150 years ago.

The RNLI relies purely on voluntary donations, legacies, flag days and the sale of souvenirs to fund this essential service.

Torbay RNLI were very grateful to all the Lodges that donated in this special year in the history of the Torbay station.

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 142,700 lives.

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Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or or by email.