News release


The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea

Date: 08/06/2009

Rye Harbour 008 2009


Station Open Day a great success

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station held their annual station open day on Saturday 6 June 2009 which was a great success raising over £737. Rye Harbour Lifeboat and launching tractor was on view and several rescue demonstrations were carried out in the river. Dungeness RNLI Lifeboat made a visit to the station and saw several visitors having a tour of the All Weather Lifeboat.

During the day, Cinque Port Morris Men danced several dances even dancing with Stormy Stan the RNLI Storm Force mascot and then presented a cheque for £200 to the station, the money was raised during the Morris dancing season in 2008. The Cinque Port Morris Men achieved a first for them by dancing in the lifeboat house.

There was a cake and general raffle, tombola, bric-a-brac stall, food and refreshment and also the souvenir shop.

Richard Tollett, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat, said: ‘It was a really good day. There was a steady flow of people visiting the event. This year was a great success and it was made even better by the Cinque Port Morris Men.’

Peter, Squire of the Cinque Port Morris Men, said: ‘We chose two charities to support, one of them is the RNLI and the other one is a Children's Charity near Ashford. We chose the RNLI as several of us are sailors. We couldn't believe that the RNLI doesn't receive any Government funding.’

Steve Tollett, Chairman Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Management Group, said: ‘I would like to thank the Cinque Port Morris Men for their entertaining dances and also for the very generous donation of £200. It is donation like this that enable the RNLI to go on continuing to save lives at sea. During 2008, it cost on average £378,000 per day to run the RNLI.’

Notes to editors

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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 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 100 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. 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 137,000 lives.

A charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SCO37736). Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland