HARTLEPOOL’S life-saving lifeboat service was given a generous funding boost by a long-time supporter.
Town man Ron Leigers presented the dedicated volunteers at Hartlepool Lifeboat Station with a welcome £1,000 donation.
Ron nominated the town’s RNLI to receive the financial boost which was made by the Cyril and Eve Jumbo Charitable Trust, based in London.
He said: “My nephew’s partner works for the charity and I received an email asking me to nominate a charity in Hartlepool to receive £1,000. Straight away I thought of the lifeboats, as I have supported the service since the 1970s when I was a sea cadet.”
Ron has supported the RNLI in Hartlepool and elsewhere in the country when his job as a cable contractor took him all over the UK.
He would make a point of supporting RNLI shops in towns where there was a branch and has made several donations.
Ron, who lives in the town centre area of Hartlepool, added: “If we didn’t have the lifeboat, where would we be?
“I have got nothing but praise for the crew and supporters of the lifeboats, not just in Hartlepool but the full service.”
Ron’s generous donation will help to make sure the Hartlepool crew have the best equipment they need for the job.
Operations manager Mike Craddy said: “We are most grateful that Ron put us forward for this donation. The money will probably be used to buy personal protective equipment for the crew such as drysuits and wellingtons.”
Hartlepool RNLI operate two lifeboats and have been protecting the town for over 200 years.