By Dan Walsh
Fethard RNLI has received a generous €37,000 donation from Interger New Ross after the company’s staff and management chose the lifeboat station as its Charity of the Year.
Volunteers at Fethard RNLI were delighted to be considered and have been overwhelmed by the amount raised.
Receiving the funds raised from Seamus Hamilton of Interger New Ross, Sarah Bates, from Fethard RNLI’s fundraising branch said: “We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all the staff at Integer. As a charity, Fethard RNLI totally depends on the goodwill of the public to provide our lifesaving service. This significant donation will continue to help us save lives at sea on the Hook Peninsula and on the River Barrow up to New Ross.
“These funds will now go towards providing the essential kit our volunteer crew needs to do their lifesaving work and to helping maintain our lifeboat and lifesaving equipment. The funds will also support our crews training. In the last two weeks alone, 12 volunteers undertook training and were awarded with casualty care certificates.”
Walter Foley, Fethard RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager added; “Our station has remained operational throughout the pandemic and our volunteers have continued to be on call adhering to additional safety protocols including wearing extra PPE. We are so grateful for this extraordinary donation from all at Integer during a year when our own traditional fundraising activities had to cease due to Covid-19 restrictions. We would like to thank all the staff for their hard work fundraising and their generosity.”