GENEROUS pub regulars raised hundreds of pounds for Hartlepool’s vital lifeboat service.
Customers got on their bikes and completed a 40-mile sponsored bike ride in aid of Hartlepool RNLI.
Their efforts raised an impressive £1,500 which was split between the RNLI and Great North Air Ambulance.
The sponsored cycle was organised by Carl Stirman, landlord of The Dolphin pub in Stockton.
He is a regular visitor to Hartlepool as he is a keen fisherman and has a boat at the town’s Kafiga Landings.
Carl, 50, said: “Being a fisherman you just never know when you might need them.
“I’m over the moon at the amount of money we raised, it is brilliant.
“It just goes to show how generous people are towards worthwhile causes.”
Around eight regulars, and Carl’s 16-year-old son Ethan, got on their bikes for the ride between Stockton and Saltburn.
They completed the round journey in around four hours.
Carl and his regulars proudly handed over a cheque for £750 to Hartlepool RNLI crew member Liam Dunne.
A further £160 raised has also been raised for the service from a pub raffle and will be presented to the service soon.
A Hartlepool RNLI spokesman praised the support of the pub.
He said: “We are very grateful to Carl and everyone at The Dolphin for the money they raised.
“We depend on people like them to help us meet the cost of saving lives at sea.
“The money they have raised will be spent on training crew and saving lives.”
As a charity, Hartlepool RNLI depends on their supporters to help meet the costs of what they do.
Its two lifeboats are manned by volunteer crew members who give their time for free, but need training, well-maintained equipment, lifeboats and shore facilities.
It costs over £140million each year to run the RNLI nationally.
Out of every £1 that is donated, 83p goes to the rescue service, and 17p is reinvested to generate more funds.