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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is privileged to be the official charity for the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival, a partnership which is now in its 13th year. As the maritime festival continues to enjoy success each year the RNLI has benefitted enormously, with more than £50,000 being raised, helping to ensure our volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards have the very best training and equipment to be able to carry out their lifesaving role.
The success of the festival is the result of a lot of hard work from the organisers and main sponsors, Skinners Brewery and Seasalt, who all do a fantastic job of bringing the community together for this special event. The RNLI is extremely proud of its connection to the festival which has a great history of showcasing talent from around the world. Last year the festival raised £8,700, a fantastic sum, which was gratefully received by our volunteer crew at Falmouth Lifeboat Station.
In 2015, Falmouth was once again our busiest station in Cornwall. Volunteer lifeboat crews launched lifeboats 84 times to those in trouble at sea, rescuing 101 people. That equates to 657 hours spend at sea on emergency call outs.
The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to bring in the money needed to ensure it can operate a 24 hour lifesaving service. We must say a huge thank you to everyone who fundraises at the event on our behalf, including Be y Stogs of Skinner’s Brewery who tirelessly pounds the streets of Falmouth to collect donations.
We wish everyone a great Falmouth International Sea Shanty Fes val in 2016- here’s to another successful year.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is the charity that saves lives at sea. It provides a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service to 100 nautical miles out from the coast of the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland and a seasonal lifeguard service on over 200 of the UK’s busiest beaches. The RNLI also has a flood rescue team, with RNLI volunteer teams on 24 hour standby to help deal with inland flooding both in the UK and abroad.
www.rnli.org.uk Chlӧe Smith, RNLI Press Officer (South)