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Weston-super-Mare Sea Angling Association make generous donation to Weston RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Members from the association presented a cheque for £550 to the local RNLI volunteers who are based at the temporary lifeboat station on Knightstone Plaza.

RNLI/Caius Budd

WSMSAA Members presenting cheque to RNLI DLA Jenny Williams

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea and relies on donations and legacies to continue providing its service. It is independent of the government so every donation is vital to its lifesaving activities.

The Weston-super-Mare Sea Angling Association (WSMSAA) has been making donations to the Weston RNLI Station for a number of years.

They donate the proceeds from their annual fishing competition, hold raffles and gain sponsorship; all in aid of the local RNLI.

Nigel Pepper, Chairman of WSMSAA said: ‘Being associated with the RNLI reminds our members how important it is to be aware of the strong tides, especially in Weston, which can quickly catch you out. We encourage everyone to check the tide times as part of their preparations in any activity at the coast. We are well aware of the superb work done by the RNLI and are always happy to help.’

Jenny Williams, Weston RNLI Deputy Launching Authority said: ‘The RNLI is financed by public donations which enables our volunteers to provide a life-saving service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This is a very generous donation and we are very grateful to the Sea Angling Association for their continued support in our mission of saving lives at sea’.

Notes to editors

The photograph attached should be credited to the RNLI/Weston and shows the following:

· Members of the Weston-super-Mare Sea Angling Association presenting a cheque for £550 to the volunteers of Weston RNLI. The cheque is presented by Nigel Pepper, Chairman of the WSMSAA to Jenny Williams, Deputy Launching Authority of Weston RNLI.

WSMSAA representatives include the following:

Terry Giles – President

Nigel Pepper – Chairman

Steve Lodge – Treasurer

Victoria Izzard – Secretary

RNLI media contacts

For further information, please contact Weston-super-Mare RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer Glyn Hayes on 01934 645555 or 07774 181418 or RNLI Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer Cai Budd on 07854 199693 or contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.

Lifeboats in service at Weston-super-Mare

  • Atlantic 75 lifeboat named Paul Alexander
  • D-Class lifeboat named Adrian Beaumont

The station was established in 1882 at the request of the local inhabitants and moved into its boathouse in 1902. In 2013 we had to leave our lifeboat station on Birnbeck Island as the access pier had become too dangerous. The temporary station at Knightstone is until we can get a new station built.

To find out more information about Weston-super-Mare lifeboat and for recent events, please log onto our website or contact Glyn Hayes on 01934 645555.

www.westonrnli.org.uk

The RNLI’s annual running costs are around £176.5m (2017) – approximately £485,000 per day – and, as a registered charity, the organisation continues to rely on voluntary contributions and legacies for income

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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 142,200 lives.

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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