Cllr Prendergast says:
‘The volunteers of Rhyl RNLI do such a fantastic job serving this community, I wanted to do anything I could to support their fundraising efforts. 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 Foundationagreed 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.
‘Whether it be a one-off donation or a fundraising event, everyone has pulled together and every penny really does count.’
A collection during Rhyl Air Show raised in excess of £3,000 over a weekend of fundraising.
Money was donated by the Lon Las Loonies, a group of cycling enthusiasts who cycled 350 miles over four days from Rhyl to Cardiff, the ‘long way down’. The cyclists raised £10,375 for the RNLI.Local fundraising group Belief who raise money for local people and local causes, braved the icy sea by taking part in the new year’s dip at the lifeboat station raising over £1,000. The event itself raised more than £3,000.
One of the most recent donations was received from an RNLI night in the Cob and Pen pub, Rhyl on Saturday (24 February). A 70s/80s night and a raffle for a signed Manchester United Shirt raised £600 and was boosted by a £500 cheque from a member of the public.
Steve Morgan, Founder and Chairman of the Steve Morgan Foundation says:
‘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 new lifeboat brings 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 where conditions are rapidly deteriorating.
The Shannon is designed for the safety of the crew, as well as rescued survivors, with better seating and full seat belt safety harnesses. The design of the vessel’s electronics (called SIMS – Systems Information and Management Systems) with a display at all seats mean that crew members do not need to get up to change seats if changing roles in severe weather. A press of a button will allow the functions required to control the vessel to be transferred between the seating positions.
THESE ARE THE FIRST PICTURES OF OUR BOAT BEING BUILT 31/7/2018. THE BOAT IS IN 2 HALVES, THE HULL AND THE WHEELHOUSE. THEY WILL BE FITTED OUT THEN JOINED TOGETHER.
Latest pictures 1/9/2018. The wheelhouse floor/ engine room roof is now fitted.
Latest pictures 20/9/18. Hull and wheelhouse gaining more fittings and fixtures.
Picture 11/10/2018 showing hull and wheelhouse brought together for fit-out before joining together
Pictures by 2nd Coxswain Paul Archer-Jones on a course at Poole on 4/12/2018. Only two weeks before the paintwork is started!
Souvenir Guide – our souvenir guide to the Mersey and station, prepared for the 2017 coast review, is available to purchase for only £3 (£1 plus p&p) here