Over �2,000 raised for RNLI lifeboats through central Norwich collections

Over �2,000 has been raised for the Royal National Lifeboat Association (RNLI) through a collection in central Norwich.

The Norwich branch of the RNLI were joined by their mascot, Stormy Stan, on Saturday, April 21, and collected a total of �2,030.

Mike Wood, fundraising organiser for the RNLI's Norwich branch, said: 'We would like to say a big, big thank you to the people of Norwich for their generosity and support.

'Like our gallant Lifeboat crews, our collectors are unpaid volunteers and receive no expenses. Therefore, the entire collection goes toward meeting the ever-increasing cost of saving lives at sea around the coast of Norfolk and the UK.

'East Anglia's RNLI lifeboats rescued 600 people in 2011 and Lifeguards based on Norfolk beaches dealt with 448 incidents and helped 470 people.

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'We have already been busy this year, and with the holiday period still to come.'

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