Store supports Stormy Stan

Posted on 20th December 2011 | in Community

Stormy Stan the official Mascot of the RNLI with staff of Sainsbury’s Store during a recent visit to assist the staff on their fund raising for the Lifeboats at the RNLI Station Amble

Sainsbury’s have chosen Amble Lifeboat Station as their main charity for the year 2011/2012. In doing so, the staff have held a number of fund raising events and many thanks must also go to the generous support of their customers having assisted them to manage so far to raise £1700. All the monies raised will go towards saving lives at sea.

 The RNLI is at present reequipping all its volunteer crews with new state-of-the-art lifejackets in 2012. Lifeboat crews at the 33 lifeboat stations in the RNLI North Division are due to receive the innovative lifejackets in the coming months, at an average cost of around £3,000 per lifeboat station.

We will hold our biggest annual fundraising day – SOS Day – on Friday 27 January 2012, and are asking the public to help us buy the new lifejackets.

RNLI Inspector Andy Clift says: ‘The RNLI’s volunteer lifeboatmen and women often put themselves in difficult and dangerous situations while rescuing others. To help them carry out their role as safely as possible, we owe it to our crews to provide them with the very best equipment available.

‘However, our charity is only able to do that with the generosity and support of the public, who I hope will do all they can to help us raise the funds needed to give our lifeboat volunteers new lifejackets in 2012.’

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