RNLI launch fund-raising collection

Collecting for the RNLI, 85 year old Ron Finn with Sunderland crew memeber Sam Clow in the Market Square.
Collecting for the RNLI, 85 year old Ron Finn with Sunderland crew memeber Sam Clow in the Market Square.
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RNLI volunteers took to the streets of Sunderland for their annual fund-raising drive.

The charity’s crewmen, lifeboat unit and guild members took part in the flag day collection, which is expected to bring in vital cash to help boost training and equipment.

Last year, the Sunderland station recorded one of its busiest years, attending a total of 111 incidents.

It is the oldest in the country and has been saving lives for more than 200 years.

Crewman Ben Mitchell said: “As a charity, we rely on fund-raising collections like this to ensure we can continue to operate as a maritime emergency service.”

“We are very grateful to the public for their continued generosity.”

The charity drive on Saturday was also given the backing of new Sunderland Mayor, Coun Iain Kay.

On Sunday, July 1, at 10.45am, St George’s Church, in Stockton Road, Sunderland, will host a special service in honour of crews and lifeguards both past and present.

It will be led by The Rev David Chadwick.

For more information about Sunderland RNLI and how to make a donation, visit www.rnlisunderland.org.