West Cork RNLI lifeboat crew see ‘crucial’ donations from generous bank workers

The Union Hall RNLI has received funding from local bank employees to undergo crucial lifeboat training for the lifesaving service.

Clonakilty Bank of Ireland staff members proposed that the station receive funding from the bank’s “Begin Together Fund”. As part of this initiative, Bank of Ireland employees each receive €500 to donate to worthy causes in their communities.

Faced with the difficult decision of who to choose, Clonakilty employees Laura Goggin and Colm McCarthy both agreed that no one deserved more than Union Hall station.

The RNLI is run almost entirely by volunteers and relies heavily on public funding. Laura and Colm’s joint donation means the crew now has €1,000 in funding which will now go towards crucial crew training.

Union Hall crew members were delighted to receive the generous donation on Thursday and said: ‘The station’s volunteer team would like to thank them for becoming saviors and helping to fuel the the charity’s lifesaving work in saving lives at sea and on inland waterways.”

The organization provides a 24 hour search and rescue service in Ireland and the UK. In 2020, RNLI lifeboats in Ireland came to the aid of 1,147 people, 13 of whom had their lives saved by brave crew members.

The Union Hall donation is part of the Bank of Ireland’s “Begin Together Fund”. The three-year, €4 million initiative aims to support community groups, local businesses and the arts.

The 2022 round of grants awarded under the fund included other Cork charities including Nasc, the Migrant and Refugee Rights Center in Cork City and the Together-Ranzem Center in Blackpool. More than 68 initiatives have been financially supported by the fund since the beginning of the year.


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