Hoylake RNLI volunteer crew raise £1,100 at annual fundraising car wash

Hoylake RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew held their annual car wash on Saturday 3 June and with the support of the local community raised £1,100.

Every penny donated goes towards RNLI volunteer crews saving lives at sea this summer.

The annual fundraising car wash is a much-loved event amongst the local community and returned last year after a three-year hiatus due to Covid-19. Last year just under £900 was raised to support the RNLI’s lifesaving work before the volunteer crew downed hoses to go to the rescue of four paddleboarders.

However, this year the crew were not tasked to launch and worked tirelessly in the glorious sunshine at Hoylake Lifeboat Station for three hours, scrubbing, rinsing and polishing over 100 cars.

The day was a full team effort with the gift shop and fundraising volunteers selling RNLI souvenirs and speaking with the local community about the RNLI’s vital work.

With Hoylake RNLI volunteer crew launching 37 times in 2022 and 39 in 2021, money raised through fundraising events like this help to ensure that lifeboat crews and lifeguards have everything they need to save lives at sea.

Warmer weather draws more people to the water, and the RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews will drop whatever they’re doing when a call for help comes in.

Hoylake RNLI Coxswain Howie Owen said, “We are so grateful to the local community for supporting our annual car wash. Their generosity and support makes events like this such a success and worthwhile.”

Howie added, “Summer sees thousands of people heading out to enjoy our coast. It’s our busiest time of year as anyone can get into difficulty, whether it’s an experienced sailor, a group of friends on paddleboards, or a family enjoying a beach trip.”

“Our crew are ready to launch to the rescue but we rely on the generosity of the public to support our events, raising vital funds so we can be there when we’re needed most. Your support funds training, kit, stations and fuel – just some of the things we need to save lives.”

Image: RNLI/Robyn Callander

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