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Beaverbrooks’ glittering support for local RNLI

Staff from Beaverbrooks the Jewellers, have once again supported their local Lytham St Annes Lifeboat.

Beaverbrooks staff aboard Lytham St Annes Lifeboat

Photo credit: RNLI/Pete Whalley
Martin Jaggs (Coxswain) with Jon Davies, Matt Sale, Tom Molloy, Kyle Heywood (Beaverbrooks IT staff) aboard ‘Her Majesty the Queen’

A delegation of four members of the IT team at Beaverbrooks visited the RNLI station at St. Annes and presented Martin Jaggs, the Coxswain of the lifeboat, with a cheque for £480.

Beaverbroks was founded in 1919 and has always had an ethic of giving something back to the community. Each year the company allocate money to their staff and the various teams then decide which local charity they want to see benefit.

Luckily for Martin and his crew, the IT team at Beaverbrooks decided that their local lifeboat should receive their donation.  The team met some of the crew and were then taken on a tour of the Mersey class boat Her Majesty the Queen.

Martin said: “This is not the first time that the staff and management at Beaverbrooks has supported us here at Lytham St. Annes. In the past they have helped with our Open Days and one staff member completed the Morecambe Bay walk on our behalf. The crew and I would like to thank them all and hope that we can continue to liaise in the future.”

He added: “Our crew deserve the best gear, our outgoings are high so even the smallest donation is welcome. A full all-weather lifeboat kit costs £1,296 – that pays for the jacket, trousers, gloves, thermal top, boots, safety helmet, pager, and lifejacket, however, our volunteers will wear it on every rescue for years to come.”

Liverpool shanty singers raise charity cash

Photo of an RNLI collecting bucket

Over £100 was raised by regulars towards the RNLI.

Thanks to the generosity of sea shanty singers and locals at a sailors’ pub in Liverpool, more than £100 has been raised for the RNLI branch in Liverpool.

The Baltic Fleet pub in Liverpool hosts regular monthly sea shanty evenings and in July money was raised for the RNLI for their vital rescue services on the sea and the coast.

Norwegian sea shanty singers Risør Shantykor were on hand to sing a few shanties and joined regulars and guests in contributing to the RNLI fundraising.

Risør Shantykor were joined by hosts Trimrig and a Doxy and regular singers and musicians from Liverpool and across the North West in the informal atmosphere of the back bar.

Liverpool is seen by many as the ‘spiritual heart of the sea shanty’ and many of the regulars needed no excuse to sing a sea shanty or two.

You can find out more about the monthly Sea Shanty Sessions at

Sea Shanties to raise funds for RNLI

Photograph of some of the choir

Risor Shantykor join others at the regular sea shanty sessions in The Baltic Fleet

The Baltic Fleet pub in Liverpool will live up to its name as it hosts a concert by sea shanty singers fresh in from the Baltic region.

Norwegian sea shanty singers Risør Shantykor will be in Liverpool as guests of the regular Sea Shanty Sessions held at the historic sailors’ pub. Made up of 10 singers from the Norwegian town of Risør which, like Liverpool, is famous for its seafaring tradition and ship building, Risør Shantykor will perform in both Norwegian and English.

Risør Shantykor will be joined by hosts Trimrig and a Doxy and regular singers and musicians from Liverpool and across the North West in the informal atmosphere of the back bar.

All are welcome to the ‘spiritual heart of the sea shanty’ and entrance is free, but a contribution to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution will be welcome. Come prepared to join in the choruses or even sing a shanty yourself!

Saturday, 13th July 2013 8.30 pm – The Baltic Fleet, Wapping, Liverpool L1 8DQ

You can find out more about the monthly Sea Shanty Sessions at

Widow names lifeboat after husband

A woman will donate a new lifeboat named after her late husband to a Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) station.

Patricia Bird will hand over a D class inshore lifeboat at a formal naming ceremony at Bude RNLI in Cornwall on May 18.

The George Bird is a highly manoeuvrable lifeboat, able to work close inshore in shallow water, broken surf and areas that other lifeboats cannot operate.

It will replace the station’s former D class inshore lifeboat, Henry Philip, which was on station from 2004 to 2012. During this period the lifeboat launched 69 times and rescued 29 people.

Chris Cloke, RNLI lifeboat operations manager at Bude, said: “It’s always a very special occasion when we welcome a new lifeboat to a station and we are delighted that Mrs Bird will be here to perform the naming.

“We’re very pleased with the D class she has generously provided us with and look forward to celebrating the arrival of George Bird in style at this special event.

“We are also using the occasion to remind people of the importance to our charity of volunteers. We urgently need to find new helpers and supporters, including recruits for the crew and people who can help with our fundraising events.

“We hope this ceremony will illustrate the importance of our work saving lives at sea and persuade people that there’s a lot of fun to be had as part of a local RNLI team.”


Today is SOS Day – the annual fundraising day for the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea. Events around the country will be raising much needed funds for the charity that not only operates 236 lifeboat stations in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, but also has lifeguards at 180 beaches.

Meanwhile, the Yorkshire Building Society Group has announced that it is extending its Charity of the Year partnership with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution after raising an astounding £200,000 over the last 12 months.

A photo of RNLI lifeboat and crew

Chris Pilling, Chief Executive of Yorkshire Building Society, with the crew of Humber RNLI. Credit Doug Jackson.

The £200,000 raised through the hard work and dedication of Society colleagues and members is the highest total achieved in the Society’s history through a national fundraising campaign.

The Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation also supported the 2012 Charity of the Year fundraising campaign and made a significant contribution to boost the total raised by staff and members.

From 25 January – which is RNLI SOS Day, the charity’s annual community fundraising day – the 2013 Charity of the Year campaign will be launching in branches of Yorkshire, Barnsley and Chelsea building society.  For the first time the Charity of the Year campaign will also be launching in Norwich and Peterborough (N&P) branches across the country as well.

All 228 branches will be holding fundraising activities throughout the year and selling RNLI items within the branches to raise money for the charity that saves lives at sea.

‘The passion and enthusiasm our people have shown in raising this money for the RNLI has been fantastic and truly inspiring,’ said Chris Pilling, Chief Executive of Yorkshire Building Society.

‘We aimed to raise £100,000 throughout the year so to double our target is great news.  Our relationship with the RNLI has been such a success that we have made the decision to continue the relationship for another year to increase that total further.

‘The service the RNLI provides at sea and inland is truly invaluable so I am proud that we are able to show our support once again for this charity.  I hope all our customers and members of the public who supported our fundraising campaign last year will help us push on to make a really fantastic donation to the RNLI at the end of 2013.’

All money raised by the staff and members of Yorkshire Building Society will help the RNLI train more of its vital volunteer lifeboat crew and lifeguards..  The volunteer crews, who are on call 24 hours a day, are the backbone of the lifeboat service, physically saving lives at sea.

There are more than 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members at the RNLI’s 236 stations around the UK and Ireland and another 3,000 volunteer shore crew members who support them.

Catherine Kaye, Corporate Partnerships Manager for the RNLI, said: ‘Charity of the Year partnerships are very important to the RNLI as we rely on voluntary contributions to continue our lifesaving work. We were delighted that Yorkshire Building Society has once again picked the RNLI as their charity for 2013.  They smashed their £100,000 fundraising target four months early, doubling this amount by the end of the year.

‘The extension of this partnership for a second year will provide a tremendous boost to funding our crew training programme, vital training that helps turn RNLI volunteers into lifesavers.’

Picture caption: Chris Pilling, Chief Executive of Yorkshire Building Society, with the crew of Humber RNLI. Credit Doug Jackson.

RNLI lifeboat rescues reach 7,900

Lifeboats from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) rescued more than 7,900 people last year.
Bad weather and heavy rainfall saw RNLI lifeboats launched 8,321 times around the coast of the UK and Ireland, rescuing 7,912 people.
An RNLI lifeboat was launched an average of 23 times a day, with the charity’s volunteer crews spending a collective 67,352 hours at sea.
Tower Lifeboat Station on the Thames was the busiest with 499 launches, while Southend-on-Sea was the busiest coastal lifeboat station with 137 launches.
Meanwhile, the charity’s lifeguards responded to 14,519 incidents and helped 16,414 people on beaches in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
With the UK experiencing the second wettest year since records began, the RNLI’s Flood Rescue Team had its busiest year since its creation in 2001.
Rescue teams were deployed 12 times, including in St Asaph in North Wales, where they helped emergency crews rescue people from flooded homes. In December, RNLI volunteers saved the life of a woman who had been washed from her car at Umberleigh in Devon.
RNLI operations director Michael Vlasto said: “The figures show that our volunteers dedicate a huge amount of their time to saving lives at sea. To know that they are on call 24/7, every day of the year is reassuring for all of us who venture out to sea around the UK and Ireland.
“And it’s not just our crew who are committed to our charity, they wouldn’t be able to carry out their lifesaving work without the incredible generosity of the public and I would like to say a huge thank you to all those who support the RNLI, whether by giving up their time or by making a donation.”