Our donations............/ RNLI receives club donation

Mon 1st December 2014 at 8.00 pm - 11.00 pm

RNLI representative Terry Sheppard is presented with a cheque for £2,000 from Past President Alec Banyard.

RNLI's Terry Sheppard receives a cheque from PP Alec Banyard
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At our regular meeting on Monday 1st December 2014, RNLI representative Terry Sheppard was presented with a cheque for £2,000 from Past President Alec Banyard.
Terry expressed his gratitude for the donation and gave a short speech about the RNLI's activities in the area.
He told us that donations of £140,000 were needed to keep Southend operational each year. It was the busiest coastal station and the biggest, with 35 crew who were all volunteers. 
Their fund raising team with Tim were handling a large proportion of the collections. 
He commented: "People often don't realise that a buggy is used to take the crew on a rocky ride down the pier to the lifeboat. We have 237 lifeboat stations across the UK and 140 people were pulled out of the Thames last year. 35% were done in darkness. Offshore boats can go up to 100 miles out to sea. Our lifeguards assisted and rescued many people last year and our boat can be launched in 8 minutes - you have to see this to believe it!
In 1953 our boat was launched 3 times but now we launch over 140 times in a year, showing how vital our RNLI service is."

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