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Local community raise vital funds for Larne RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Over the last few months the generous people of Larne have raised over £2000 for their local lifeboat station.

The Great Northern Retro car rally left Larne at 9am on Saturday 30 April, travelling up the scenic Antrim Coast to Malin Head. The event was very well supported with vehicles of all makes and models. The event raised £620 for Larne RNLI.

Local man John Stirling and father of lifeboat crew member Lee Stirling celebrated his 60th birthday recently. The Stirling family organised a surprise party and kindly asked for donations to Larne RNLI and the NI Air Ambulance in lieu of gifts. A cheque for £300 was donated to Larne lifeboat.

Larne Grammar school year 8 pupils, who are committed supporters of Larne RNLI, have again this year presented Larne lifeboat with a cheque for £1147.89. The school pupils have raised this money throughout the 2015-2016 academic year.

Jim Kerr, Larne RNLI Fundraising Chairman said: ‘The people of Larne are very generous and dedicated supporters of our local lifeboat crew. I attended the start of the car rally and it was a fantastic spectacle to see the campervans and cars leave Larne. I’d like to thank Gavin Gray who organised the NI Retros car rally, John Stirling for his birthday donation and the year 8 pupils of Larne grammar school for their kind donations.’

‘RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews around Ireland are willing to drop everything to go and save lives at sea when their pagers beep. We rely on the generosity of the public to continue our lifesaving service, which we operate day and night, 365 days a year. These donations can help fund crew training, contribute towards the running costs of a lifeboat station or buy new crew kit and are greatly appreciated by all at Larne RNLI.'

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