HARTLEPOOL’S life-saving lifeboat service has been given a welcome boost thanks to Billingham Town Council.
Outgoing council chairman Chris Bieda presented RNLI members with a cheque for over £1,000 as one of his last official duties.
The council raised a total of £1,056 for Hartlepool RNLI during Councillor Bieda’s year in office after making the cause his chosen charity for the year.
It was raised through a variety of community events over the last 12 months.
Coun Bieda said: “The money was raised from a few different events during the year. At Christmas we had a fair for all the children in Billingham with Santa and stalls.
“We have also held various raffles and tombolas.”
Coun Bieda said the RNLI is close to his heart working as he does in the marine industry.
He is an operations manager for a fuel testing company.
Coun Bieda added: “I have seen the good work that they do. I have seen them go out in all weathers so it is a cause that is close to my heart.”
The generous contribution was collected by Hartlepool RNLI crew members Garry Waugh and Ken Hay.
The money will be used towards the upkeep of their two lifeboats and help provide the latest and best life-saving kit and equipment.
Hartlepool operates an all-weather Trent class lifeboat and a B class Atlantic 75 lifeboat.
The crews have been presented with 23 awards for gallantry.
They include one Gold Medal as well as a Pride of Britain Award for saving the life of a teenager stuck in quicksand at Seaton Carew.