Lifeboat Appeal On The Crest Of A Wave!

The Steve Morgan Foundation has today paved the way for a ‘sea change’ for the RNLI in North Wales with a donation to boost an appeal for a new Shannon class lifeboat in Rhyl.

A total of £150,000 is required to fund the new faster and more modern lifeboat, set to take to the seas next year, and the Steve Morgan Foundation has donated £55,000 to help the community appeal through the £100,000 mark.

Fundraising was actually started last year when Brendan O’Carroll, the star of hit BBC comedy Mrs Brown’s Boys, shocked Rhyl RNLI volunteers by announcing on stage in the Pavilion Theatre in Rhyl that he would donate £10,000 towards the Shannon-class lifeboat.

Trustees of the Steve Morgan Foundation have since decided to help support the appeal and the work of so many tireless volunteers, which, in keeping with the charity’s pledge of ‘Changing Lives’, will also help the lifeboat crew in saving lives as well.

Steve explains: “Much of my early work was undertaken in Denbighshire and over the last 10 years the Foundation has made an increasing commitment of funding to deserving causes across north Wales, with a particular focus on improving life chances for disabled and disadvantaged people.

“A high proportion of our fleet of over 65 Smiley Buses has also been donated to north Wales, providing essential transport in isolated rural areas.

“The trustees were impressed with the energy local people have dedicated to the fund-raising appeal and recognise the huge commitment made each and every day by the volunteer crew.

“They have been pleased to make a substantial contribution for the new Shannon class lifeboat, which undoubtedly will save many lives.”

The community of Rhyl has responded superbly to the appeal for the new lifeboat which will bring 21st century technology to Denbighshire.

Driven and steered by water jets instead of the conventional propellers and rudders, the Shannon can turn in her own length or stop almost instantly making going alongside a casualty to take off casualties a much safer option.

The increased speed of 25 knots as against 17 knots for the current Mersey class lifeboat on Station at Rhyl mean that casualties can be reached sooner in desperate situations, whilst there are also improved safety measures in place for crew and rescued survivors.

Fundraising events have included a four-day cycle ride by the Lon Las Loonies from Rhyl to Cardiff, a New Year’s dip in the icy sea from fundraising group Belief, and a collection at the Rhyl Air Show.

Denbighshire County Council Chairman Cllr Pete Prendergast has also been a huge supporter of the appeal, with the RNLI being named the council’s charity of the year.

“The volunteers of Rhyl RNLI do such a fantastic job serving this community, and I wanted to do anything I could to support their fundraising efforts,” said Councillor Prendergast.

“When I heard the station had been allocated a Shannon I wrote to a number of large businesses to see if there was anything they could do to help.

“I was amazed when the Steve Morgan Foundation agreed to donate £55,000 – what a fantastic boost to the appeal.

“I now hope people continue to support the appeal to show the whole of Wales what a fantastic community we have here.”

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