Record-breaking return for popular RNLI charity event in Frinton

A record amount was raised for the charity saving lives at sea during the Frinton Open Gardens in June.

This was the fifth time the event had taken place and, as one of the few events still running this year, attendance at the nine gardens on display was unprecedented.

The organizers were delighted to raise over £ 7,000 for the Walton and Frinton RNLI.

Paul Williams, who led the organizing team, said: “This was our most successful open garden event ever, providing a lot of fun and welcome attention in these difficult times.

“It was wonderful to welcome so many members of our community and visitors from further afield to the nine very diverse gardens. Over 750 tickets have been sold, and we thank everyone for their patience when they have to queue to keep them safe under Covid restrictions.

“Thank you to everyone who showed off their beautiful gardens and also to the organizing team, including my wife, Michele, without whom this could never have happened.”

A Walton and Frinton RNLI spokesperson said, “We are incredibly grateful to the team for this donation.

“During the pandemic, we were unable to host fundraising events, but we have remained operational throughout, launching more than 40 times since early March 2020.

“The team of volunteers worked in rotation in operational ‘bubbles’ to avoid any Covid epidemic putting the entire station out of service.

“Our operational costs have remained the same, but with the added burden of expenses associated with Covid, such as additional PPE and cleaning materials for the safety of our crew.

“This is another great demonstration of the support we have received from the local community since the resort’s founding in 1884 and will go a long way in ensuring our sustainability in the face of all the challenges that lie ahead.”

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For more information, please call Miranda Rayner, Walton and Frinton, Volunteer Press Officer for RNLI Lifeboats on 07799691852 or [email protected]

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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a round-the-clock search and rescue service around the coasts of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. The RNLI operates 238 lifeguard stations in the UK and Ireland and over 240 lifeguard units on beaches in the UK and the Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent from the Coast Guard and the government and depends on voluntary donations and bequests to maintain its rescue service. Since the founding of the RNLI in 1824, its crews and rescuers have saved more than 142,700 lives.

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