RNLI - Royal National Lifeboat Institution

04/28/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/28/2019 17:40

Champion Knitter Thanked

Volunteers at Newbiggin RNLI lifeboat station welcomed one of our supporters for a special presentation today.

Brenda Cribbes is a champion knitter making hundreds of small wool toys for Newbiggin's fundraising events. Her recent creations include a lifeboat bear, maypole dancers complete with maypole, mice and rabbits. Today Brenda was presented with a special certificate of thanks to acknowledge our appreciation of this tremendous support over the years.

Speaking after the event Brenda said 'I have always admired the lifeboat service with family connections in sea rescue going back to the last century and this is my way of supporting this vital service.'

Brenda also donated today another batch of her special characters which will be part of the next fundraising event. Well done Brenda and thank you for your continued support.


RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Richard Martin, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Newbiggin on 07980 010544 or [email protected] or Nicola Quinn Regional Media Manager - North East & East telephone 07810 658 072 email [email protected]or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

If you would like to find out more about Newbiggin lifeboat station, its volunteers and its heritage then take a look at the local websites.

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridgeand Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.

The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland