Support for lifeboat station passes £13k

A LIFEBOAT station has received another donation from once of its regular fundraising groups.

The Hirst Progressive Club in Ashington presented members of the Newbiggin station with their latest cheque as part of an ongoing fundraising partnership.

The club has made regular donations over the last 13 years now totalling more than £13,000.

Club members first rallied to support one of their group who suffered a personal family tragedy involving a drowning at Cambois Bay more than 13 years ago.

Newbiggin Lifeboat was one of the emergency units involved in the search and rescue operation at the time.

Every year since club supporters have had collecting boxes, darts competitions and other events to raise funds.

Representatives from the station received the latest cheque from club vice-chairman Colin Murray.

Newbiggin lifeboat operations manager Les Fayers and crew members passed on their sincere thanks for such a valuable and sustained effort to support the local RNLI station.

Mr Fayers said: “We are so grateful to these valuable annual donations that are vital to support our lifesaving and continuous training operations at Newbiggin.

“I am lost for words to express our sincere thanks to the membership at the Hirst Progressive Club for what they do for us at Newbiggin, especially in our 161st year of lifesaving.”