£50k raised for new West Kirby RNLI lifeboat

West Kirby RNLI has raised £50,000 for their new D class inshore lifeboat with support from the local community, ensuring they can continue to save lives off the Wirral peninsula coast.

Within six months of launching the lifeboat appeal , West Kirby RNLI reached their goal thanks to the support of Hoylake and West Kirby Fundraising Branch, fellow Wirral lifeboat stations and other RNLI fundraising branches based in the north west.

From planning and organising a range of fundraising activities and events, the local community have rallied around in support of the appeal. Back in May, the lifeboat station organised their first ever duck race  at the marine lake raising £3,500.

West Kirby RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Richard Diamond, said, ‘The kindness, support and generosity of our community has been incredible and rather humbling, especially given the impact of the cost of living during this period.

“Witnessing how our community actively got behind this appeal, from individuals, community groups, businesses and sports clubs to achieve the £50,000 target in just six months has really blown me away.

‘Our local branch team, the Hoylake and New Brighton RNLI teams, as well as many of the north west fundraising branches including City of Manchester, Port of Liverpool, Lymm and District, St Helens and Stockport have all worked together during this appeal.

‘It’s been a wonderful example of how our one crew ethos helps us save lives at sea. Thank you all, it’s greatly appreciated.’

West Kirby’s current lifeboat the Seahorse will be retired in October 2023. Since launching on service in 2012 Seahorse has launched 166 times, saved the lives of eight people and aided over 200 people. Now the station has secured the funding for a new lifeboat, the volunteer crew will be able to save many more lives for years to come.

Sophie Wood, RNLI Community Manager for The Wirral area said, ‘Even with the difficult financial climate people have given so generously to the West Kirby Lifeboat Appeal. When it comes to saving lives at sea, every penny really does count, enabling our volunteer crews to always be on standby and ready to respond to anyone who needs their help.’

The appeal will remain open until the end of the year and any additional funds received over the £50,000 will be used to maintain West Kirby RNLI’s operational capability and lifesaving training.

Image: RNLI/David Edwards

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