News release


The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea

Date: 14/10/2009

Rye Harbour 026 2009


RNLI Late Summer Ball 2009 - A Great Success

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station raised a staggering 1484, for the RNLI Train one, save many campaign, at the Late Summer Ball held on Saturday 10 October at the River Haven Hotel, Rye. This is the fourth year that Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat station have hosted the Ball to raise money for the RNLI Train one, save many campaign. Training is essential for the volunteer crew to go to sea and save lives. Today, only 1 in 10 crew members come from a professional maritime occupation.

The RNLI's Train one, save many campaign was launched in 2005 with the aim of raising 10M over five years for the vital training of our volunteer crews and lifeguards. Training is an on going process at the station and on average it costs 1214 a year to train each volunteer crew member.

The RNLI's biggest national fundraising day, SOS Day 2010, takes place on Friday 29 January. All across the south east and London on SOS Day 2010, RNLI supporters will be doing their bit to raise money for the volunteers who regularly risk their own lives to go to sea to save others. For more information please visit:

Richard Tollett, RNLI Lifeboat Operation Manager at Rye Harbour Lifeboat Station said: 'This is a great result, especially with the economical climate as it is at the moment. On behalf of everyone at Rye Harbour I would like to thank: Riverside Restaurant, Kent & Sussex Powerboat Training, John Roberts & Son, Jim Soan and Sons Ltd, Jumbo & Chris, Don Frost Event Photography, Rye Hire, The Cats Whiskers, Mrs P Mitchell-Innes, Martello Bookshop, The Pette Shoppe, Rye, Ashdown Hurrey, Kites on Board, Budgens Jempsons Rye, Jempsons of Peasmarsh, Entertainment Workshops, Sam Calver, Dan Large, Alex Knight, Rye Spice, everyone who bought raffle and Ball tickets and also to every one who gave donations. Their continued support is very much appreciated.

This 1484 will make a positive difference. The RNLI training enables ordinary people to do extraordinary things'.

The raffle winners are:

First prize: '250 experience of a lifetime voucher' donated by 'anon.' - ticket 0245 - Mrs P. Mitchell-Innes Second prize: 'National Powerboat Course level 2' donated by 'Kent & Sussex Powerboat Training' - ticket 2270 - T Peters Third prize: '100 Furniture Voucher' donated by 'John Roberts and Son' - ticket 1948 - N Kent. The full list of winners can be viewed at

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