Community groups raise vital funds for Hartlepool RNLI

Hartlepool RNLI visiting officer and crew member Steve Pounder pictured with members of the 22nd Hartlepool Brownies.
Hartlepool RNLI visiting officer and crew member Steve Pounder pictured with members of the 22nd Hartlepool Brownies.
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A lifesaving charity that is close to the hearts of people in Hartlepool has been given a cash boost from two charities.

A Hartlepool Brownies group took part in a sponsored dip at Seaton Carew, While the Peterlee Radio Club also took part in a fundraising event for the cause.

Peterlee Radio Club secretary Owen Smith pictured with Hartlepool RNLI volunteers James Whyte, Andy Booth, Glen Pearson and Matt Blanchard.

Peterlee Radio Club secretary Owen Smith pictured with Hartlepool RNLI volunteers James Whyte, Andy Booth, Glen Pearson and Matt Blanchard.

Bosses at Hartlepool RNLI say they are delighted by the kind donations which go towards the vital service provided at the town’s lifeboat station.

Hartlepool RNLI visiting officer and crew member Steve Pounder pictured with members of the 22nd Hartlepool Brownies who raised £200 from a sponsored dip at Seaton Carew.

‘Tawny Owl’ Andrea Swift said: “We decided to do a fundraiser for the charity following our visit to the lifeboat station where we were made very welcome and we learnt about sea safety.”

Following the cheque presentation Hartlepool RNLI crew member Steve Pounder said: “This very generous donation from the Brownies will go towards the cost of training and new kit for the volunteers at the lifeboat station.”

Peterlee Radio Club recently raised £400 for the Hartlepool RNLI following a sponsored SOS Radio Week event which was an opportunity for amateur radio operators and clubs to celebrate the work of the brave volunteer crews that selflessly go out to rescue people at sea, often in the worst of conditions.

Peterlee Radio Club secretary Owen Smith who was assisted by fellow member Paul Haygarth at the event said: “The event was a huge success for us and we raised a substantial amount of money for the charity that saves lives at sea.”

The lifeboat was called out earlier this week when a man was rescued from the sea off Hartlepool.

Hartlepool RNLI volunteer crew was called out by Humber Coastguard at 10.30pm on Wednesday by Humber Coastguard to a report of a person in the water near the Heugh Breakwater at the Headland.

The inshore lifeboat launched at 10.40pm but was stood down from the incident shortly afterwards as the casualty had been recovered from the scene by police and Hartlepool Coastguard.

The lifeboat returned to the Ferry Road boathouse at 10.46pm.

A Coastguard spokeswoman confirmed the service has been called out by Cleveland Police and that the man had been escorted safly into the care of the police.