Cash boost for Hartlepool's coastline heroes

Cleveland and Durham Oddfellows took a trip to Hartlepool RNLI’s lifeboat station in March and presented the charity with a £2,000 cheque in support.


The money was raised during Audrey Newton’s time as District Chairman of the Society at a number of local fundraising events.

The donation, Audrey explained, is in remembrance of her father and also a thank you from her Society’s local members: “He was in the Royal and Merchant Navy and had always supported the RNLI. Their heroic work in protecting and saving lives off our region’s coastline needs our backing as they rely heavily on donations to keep going. What the charity’s lifeboat, lifeguard and rescue crews do day-in, day-out is extraordinary, especially considering most are volunteers.”

Hartlepool RNLI station’s 2nd Coxswain/mechanic Garry Waugh said: “We need around £300,000 a year to keep our station running and kind donations such as these from the Oddfellows makes all the difference. Thank you.”

Based in Middleton, Hartlepool, the lifeboat station operates two lifeboats – an all-weather Trent class lifeboat and a B class Atlantic 85 lifeboat.

To make a donation or to find out more about how you can support the work of Hartlepool RNLI’s lifeboat station, contact Mike Craddy or Garry Waugh on 01429 266103.

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