The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) will launch a year of celebrations marking its 200th anniversary this autumn. It will all begin with a gala dinner at the Comis Hotel on November 4, sponsored by renewable energy firm Ørsted.
The company is a keen supporter of the RNLI and have been for many years – supporting the funding of seven lifeboat stations across the UK. However, Ørsted has pledged to further support the search and rescue service which was founded in the Island.
Dedicated to saving lives at sea with a 24-hour search and rescue service, the RNLI was formed in the Island after a local resident witnessed a number of shipwrecks around the Manx coast. The first ever lifeboat station is also based here.
Ørsted Development Director John Galloway, said: “We’re extremely proud to be supporting the Douglas Lifeboat Guild RNLI Gala Dinner in 2023. Ørsted has a long history of partnership with the RNLI across the British Isles, supporting local lifeboat stations and hosting training exercises on our offshore wind farms. We’re thrilled to be supporting the start of the RNLI’s bicentenary celebrations right here in the Isle of Man where the vital importance of saving lives at sea was first recognised by the Institution’s founder Sir William Hillary.”
It is the latest link between Ørsted and local businesses as the company plans for the first offshore wind farm in the waters off the Isle of Man and assisting the Island’s green energy ambitions.
Gilly Cowley, speaking on behalf of Douglas Lifeboat Guild, said: “As a charity, the RNLI relies on donations to be able to carry out its lifesaving work in Manx seas and further afield, so we are grateful to Ørsted for agreeing to support our gala dinner and launch a very special year in the Island where it all began.
“Ultimately, such support from Ørsted will be felt most by our volunteer lifeboat crews and the people in the communities that we aim to protect, and we thank them for that.”
Tickets for the black-tie event, which includes a locally sourced menu, music from acclaimed band Retrospect and an auction and raffle, are now available from RNLI fundraising volunteer, Charlotte Dimelow (firstname.lastname@example.org), with all funds going to the 200th celebrations in aid of Isle of Man lifeboat stations.