Music to Rye Harbour RNLI’s ears
On Saturday 16 June Rye Harbour RNLI’s crew, fundraisers and Press Officers lent a hand at Oakfest 2018 Music Festival to help raise funds for vital kit for the volunteer crew.
Matt and John Parsons conceived the idea of a music festival to mark the 10th anniversary of the passing of Matt’s best friend, Andy, from Osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. The first year they raised money for the Teenage Cancer trust. The festival was such an amazing success that people requested that it should be repeated in the following years so that donations could be made to charities in the area. In the first four years they raised over £12,000 for their selected charity. Last year it was the turn of the RNLI and once again this year again it was chosen. Many local businesses give their support and Frank and Lisa provide the venue.
John said, ’We hope that by supporting the community, the community will support our event. We cannot thank people enough for contributing so much and Tony and Sharon from RNLI Rye Harbour have been amazing.’
All the performers give up their time for free to support by playing really great music to entertain the crowds: without them there would be no festival. John and Matt and their families are truly inspirational and RNLI Rye Harbour is so grateful for their donations. It helps the station to Save Lives at Sea and to buy new vital kit.
Joseph Brown, a member of the volunteer crew said, ‘It was such a good day for families and adults alike with great music and good food: all for a good cause close to so many people’s hearts. The atmosphere was terrific.’
RNLI Media contacts
· Kt Bruce, Rye Harbour RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer (07789) 818878 Kt@ktbrucephotography.com
· Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer (South East), 0207 6207426, 07785 296252 firstname.lastname@example.org
· For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789
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The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.Learn more about the RNLI
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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.