Ferry company pushes out the boat to raise £13,012 for the RNLI at Dover
The RNLI has been P and O Ferries' official charity for more than 20 years, with collection boxes present on all six of its ships on the English Channel and all four of its ships on the North Sea. The 12 months to last December saw the highest ever sum donated.
Joe Ciantar, Head of Gaming at P&O Ferries, said: 'I was honoured to be asked to present this cheque to the brave volunteers from the RNLI, which has done and is doing so much to save lives at sea.'
'The RNLI collecting boxes on our ships are incredibly popular with our customers, who can deposit coins of any currency they wish which we then convert back into pounds. In addition, many of our employees and crew organise fundraising events of their own to support a cause which is, for obvious reasons, extremely close to their hearts.'
The RNLI's volunteer lifeboat crews provide a 24 hour rescue service in Britain and Ireland. The charity's crews and lifeguards have saved more than 142,200 lives since 1824.
James Clapham, Coxswain for the RNLI's Dover lifeboat, added: 'I would like to thank the employees and customers of P&O Ferries for their fantastically generous support over the last 12 months - everyone who donated can rest assured that their contribution will help us to save even more lives at sea.'
In addition to supporting the RNLI, P&O Ferries also supports other organisations which make a contribution to life at sea including the sea scouts, sea cadets and marine life charities.
P&O Ferries' wider stakeholder programme offers visits to schools and colleges within the local community, a free initiative with the visit often tailored to school requirements and their current projects.
RNLI Media contacts
Ann-Marie Harrop Dover RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Ann-Marie_Harrop@rnli.org.uk
Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer (South East), 0207 6207426, 07785 296252 email@example.com
For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789
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.