RNLI gets helping hand after firm’s donation

PUBLISHED: 11:00 06 October 2015

RNLI Portishead crew, Charlotte Baker-Brown with Charlie the kayaking king, presenting a cheque to Mike Roberts © RNLI Portishead.

RNLI Portishead crew, Charlotte Baker-Brown with Charlie the kayaking king, presenting a cheque to Mike Roberts © RNLI Portishead.

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A Nailsea business has managed to collect £10,000 for the RNLI through its fundraising efforts over the summer.

Channel Kayaks is a keen supporter of the lifesaving charity and its customers in Portishead helped it towards the large total by making donations.

It held demonstrations with its range of kayaks and offered potential customers a chance to have a test paddle. All of them were free but in return they asked for a donation to the RNLI.

That fundraiser in June at Portishead Quays Marina raised £500.

Channel Kayaks then attended the CLA Game Fair, which showcases a large number of outdoor pursuits, at Harewood House in Yorkshire. There, Channel Kayaks raised £10,000 for the RNLI.

Charlotte Baker-Brown of Channel Kayaks, feels the RNLI deserves the large pot of money as it looks to ensure our coastline and waters are a safe place to be.

She said: “Channel Kayaks is proud to continue raising funds to support the RNLI which is considered by so many to be the nation’s most important and favourite charity.

“We are planning more events in which we will be supporting our local lifeboat station here in Portishead.”

While the new RNLI lifeboat station became operational in April, the charity needs funds to make sure it remains operational, even though so many people give up their free time voluntarily to ensure the base works.

Mike Roberts, chairman of RNLI Portishead, said: “We are so grateful to all our supporters and in particular Channel Kayaks for holding these events for us.

“It really does help us to help save lives at sea, without them we simply wouldn’t be here.”

Anyone who is interested in helping the RNLI with its fundraising efforts can contact the charity by sending an email to
portishead@rnli.co.uk


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