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Sunday, 21 December 2014

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Uppies and Downies raise £7,000 for RNLI

WORKINGTON Uppies and Downies this week presented a cheque for £7,057 to the town’s lifeboat station.

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Generous: Lifeboat coxswain John Stobbart accepts the cheque

The cash is the proceeds from the weeks of fund-raising which preceded the 2008 playing of the ancient mass football game series, which every Easter is spread over three games and eight days, starting Good Friday. The Uppies won this year’s encounters 2-1.

It was their fourth consecutive win and saw Uppies veteran and organiser Joe Clark break two ribs during the game.

The money raised by selling raffle tickets before the game will help with the operational costs of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution station, where a big all-weather boat and a smaller inshore inflatable are in constant readiness for an emergency at sea.

The fund-raising team were special guests at the station this week, where they also enjoyed a trip out on to the Solway Firth.

Colin Sharpe, spokesman for the lifeboat station, said: “The lifeboat crew are grateful for any donations. This has been a very generous donation from the people involved in the Uppies and Downies.

“The money will go towards training the lifeboat crew and for equipment.

“They will use it to simulate incidents and for training exercises.”

The crew also received a £500 donation from construction company Laing O’Rourke, which has links with Sellafield.

Mr Sharpe added that they are always looking for funds and if anyone is interested in helping out they can call the lifeboat station on 01900 604124.

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