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Larne RNLI celebrates charity’s 200th milestone with gala ball raising £4,657

Larne RNLI Fundraising Gala Ball 2024

Photos: Sam Johnson, Chain Media


Larne RNLI celebrated the RNLI’s 200th anniversary with a gala ball held at Magheramorne Estate, raising £4,657.63 to help the station continue to save lives at sea.


The event, organised by the volunteer fundraising crew, was held on Friday 15th March and well attended by supporters and volunteers.



Speeches on the night were given by Alderman Gerardine Mulvenna, the Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, and Anna Classon, RNLI Head of Region for Ireland, while a word of thanks was given by Pamela McAuley, chair of Larne RNLI’s fundraising branch.


Larne RNLI Fundraising Gala Ball 2024 cake
Larne RNLI deputy coxswains Christopher Dorman, Scott Leitch and Barry Kirkpatrick

Larne RNLI deputy coxswains Christopher Dorman, Scott Leitch and Barry Kirkpatrick


Speaking after the event, Pamela said:


"It was a great night and everyone in attendance really seemed to be having a good time. A lot of hard work and effort has gone in to making the night a success.


"We would like to thank all of our sponsors for their generosity which has helped us to raise £4,657.63 which will now go towards powering our volunteers lifesaving work at sea."




Meanwhile, Jonathan Shirley, Larne RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said:


"It is an honour and a privilege to see the station mark its 30th year milestone and for us all at Larne to be a part of this lifesaving organisation in its bicentenary. For a charity to have survived 200 years based on the time and commitment of volunteers, and the sheer generosity of the public donating to fund it, is truly remarkable.


"At Larne RNLI, we are immensely grateful to everyone who is involved with the charity here including all our volunteers and their families and all our supporters, we couldn’t exist as we do today without the selfless work, dedication and kindness of so many."



Larne RNLI Fundraising Gala Ball 2024

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