HARTLEPOOL’S heroes of the sea have received a cash boost thanks to a store worker touched by tragedy.
Hartlepool RNLI picked up a £500 donation from the staff at Perfect Home store, in the town’s Middleton Grange Shopping Centre.
The store chose the RNLI as its nominated charity as one of the workers there lost her dad in accident last year.
Freya McCrossen’s dad Gary tragically died after suffering a heart attack following a helicopter crash, and the RNLI were first at the scene to offer assistance.
Freya said: “The RNLI is very close to my heart.
“My dad lost his life in a helicopter crash on his way home from working as a welder on an oil rig at near Sumbrugh at Shetland on August 23, 2013.
“The RNLI were the first on the scene and they did as much as they could for him but he died of a heart attack.
“I hope this money will help the RNLI with the very good work they do risking their lives to help save others.”
Store manager Emma Trow said: “Every store has an amount of money for a Community Outreach project and this year we are pleased to say the RNLI are the recipients of the money after Freya nominated them.”
Ken Hay, volunteer crewmember at Hartlepool RNLI, called into the store to collect the donation.
He said: “The volunteer crewmembers and management at Hartlepool RNLI would like to thank the staff at the Perfect Home store for their kind donation.
“The money will go towards providing equipment and training for our volunteer crewmembers to help them save lives at sea.”
The RNLI relies almost entirely on public donations.