Energy company to support Blyth lifesavers

An energy company has created a buzz after agreeing to help a lifesaving charity for the next two decades.

Friday, 12th July 2019, 12:34 pm
Updated Wednesday, 24th July 2019, 13:33 pm
Employees of EDF Renewables UK and Blyth RNLI station management and volunteer crew with the station’s D Class inshore lifeboat.

EDF Renewables UK has agreed to support Blyth RNLI for the next 20 years in connection with the Blyth Offshore Demonstrator Wind Farm.

During a visit to the lifeboat station, they agreed to donate £10,000 a year for the next 20 years – the duration of the wind farm – for the running of the two inshore lifeboats.

The announcement comes after the energy company established their test site 5.7km off of the coast of Blyth in 2017 and met with the station’s management to understand the role the station plays in the community.

Catherine Kaye, corporate partnerships manager at Blyth RNLI, said: “As a charity we rely on donations to enable us to continue to save lives at sea.

“When a company such as EDF Renewables sees the work the local station carries out and wishes to support it long term, it proves that our volunteer crew provide a vital role in the local community.”

Leanne Watson, from EDF Renewables UK, said: “We are very happy to support such a fantastic charity which provides a vital service to anyone who needs it.

“The work of the team and the volunteer crews is really inspiring and we are pleased to be working so closely together.”

Barry Pearson, lifeboat operations manager, said: “The support of EDF Renewables UK is vital in supporting the work we do and for us to continue to be able to save lives at sea.”