Charity funds boost lifesaver appeal

FUND-RAISER Julie Reay has given the Echo's Launch a Lifesaver appeal a cash boost.

The 43-year-old has donated 1,000 from the Peter Lane Trust Fund – set up in memory of her 13-year-old son Peter who died after falling from a rope swing in 2002 – to our campaign in support of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

"I do think this appeal is fantastic and the RNLI do a fantastic job and they deserve all the help and support they are getting," she said.

"Le'ts face it, nobody knows when they could be put in danger and we will need them.

"It costs a lot of money to train just one lifeboat volunteer and all of it is raised through appeals such as this one."

Julie, of Roker Avenue, has raised more than 70,000 in Peter's name for good causes with the support of hundreds of people.

She added: "I'm delighted to be making this donation from Peter's fund for 1,000 as I know it will be making a huge difference.

"Once again, I want to thank everybody who helps me and make donations like this possible. It's what Peter's fund is all about – helping others."

The Launch a Lifesaver total is running at just over 3,300.

The Echo is raising 10,000 to put seven RNLI volunteers through 12 months' operational training.

Twenty-four hours a day, lifeboat volunteers are ready to save lives at sea.

RNLI members readily exchange leisure, comfort and sleep for cold, wet and fatigue.

Every year, the RNLI on Wearside is called to dozens of incidents, with Sunderland the busiest lifeboat station on the east coast in 2008.

But for volunteers to remain at the top of their game, the charity has to continually raise funds for vital lifesaving training.

The RNLI is independent from Government and continues to rely on voluntary contributions