Penarth’s D Class Lifeboat Connie Dains running at full speed towards Penarth Head where her crew successfully retrieved an injured man who’d fallen from the cliff top

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution has announced today that Penarth RNLI has just reached the £52,000 fundraising target for a new D-class lifeboat

The new boat will replace the venerable Connie Dains – the UK’s hardest-working lifeboat which last year was launched more often than any other boat in Britain.

Olympic Gold Medallist Hannah Mills with Jason Dunlop Lifeboat Operations Manager of Penarth RNLI at the appeal launch in July last year

The fundraising appeal was launched last year by 2016 Olympics gold medal winning sailing champion Hannah Mills – who comes from nearby Dinas Powys – with almost all the money raised coming from local donors.

Penarth RNLI Lifeboat operations manager Jason Dunlop says ” As a crew, we have been overwhelmed by the level of support that’s been shown to Penarth RNLI throughout the appeal by our local community. We’re also aware of many more events that have already been arranged and are yet to take place over the following months. As a charity every penny counts and that helps us at Penarth RNLI to save lives at sea.’

Wales Rugby captain Sam Warburton helped with the appeal

A variety of fundraising events were held to raise the £52,000; Sam Warburton was a special guest at a fundraising dinner which raised £11,000 and the local community quickly pulled together a number of events to help the volunteers reach their target.

RNLI Community Fundraising Manager, Jen Abell thanked the people of Penarth for their support: The support Penarth RNLI has received from their local community has been phenomenal. What’s really struck me is that all-ages of the community joined together to support the appeal. It’s inspiring the number of schools that organised a fundraising event to help their local crew – let’s hope that support will develop over time as the pupils look into becoming future crew and volunteers!’


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  1. Dave Davies says:

    Fabulous & rewarding news well done all – RNLI deserves all the support it can get as it survives on charitable donations especially for this worthy cause

  2. AK says:

    Great news, and the fundraising continues for operational expenses.

    The RNLI may have big cash reserves but they would not even keep the service going for a year.

    Well done fundraisers and volunteers

  3. Nicki Page says:

    Would love some help and input to the I ❤️ Penarth pier and pavilion community grassroots campaign to save our pavilion and arts cinema with a new company and management review
    pls help by coming to the public meeting Monday 20 march 2017 6.30 doors open all welcome stanwell baptist church hall Nicki

  4. James says:

    Anyone know what the extra £4,000 is for, the RNLIs website says that a D class costs £48,000.

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