Inn Collection Group gives it some welly for RNLI

01/06/2017
The Inn Collection Group gives it some welly for The RNLI

Pub operators The Inn Collection Group is helping to raise funds that will buy vital kit for RNLI volunteer crews by supporting the charity’s annual national fundraising campaign across its inns.

The inn’s seven inns span the North East coastline or are close to inland waterways, like Durham city’s The Kingslodge Inn and are getting behind the charity with sponsored events, pop up RNLI shops and acting as ‘Betty’s Jar’ pick up and drop off points, where customers can take small recycled jars called Betty’s 5p pots to fill with loose change to help towards the cause.

A vital piece of kit the inns are fundraising for are yellow wellies. And staff at The Seaton Lane Inn are taking inspiration from this by taking part in a three-legged welly race.

Duos from the inn will hop, skip and jump the three-miles from the inn on Seaton Lane to Seaham’s Lifeboat Museum wearing their welly boots on Saturday June 10.

Debbie Brown of The Seaton Lane Inn said: “We jumped at the chance to support the RNLI and the fantastic work it does to save lives at sea. As we are such a short distance from Durham’s heritage coast, we felt it was important to do our bit to raise funds for such a relevant charity – and have a laugh at the same time.”

Debbie will be leading the three-legged teams from The Seaton Lane Inn as they make their way to Seaham Lifeboat at East Durham and Coastal Heritage centre.

Both The Seaton Lane Inn and The Kingslodge Inn have become ‘Betty’s Jar’ pick up and drop off points, where customers can pick up small recycled jars called Betty’s 5p pots to fill with loose change and return these to the inns to be emptied, helping towards the cause.

Leanne Jeffrey, general manager at The Kingslodge Inn said: “The RNLI is an excellent charity and we are proud to be able to support them with the Betty’s jars campaign. We’re recycling and relabeling our own jam jars for the cause so they become mini-collection pots that are helping to save lives.”

Sean Donkin, operations director at The Inn Collection Group said: “We are delighted to be supporting The RNLI across our pubs which are all close to the coast and waterways. The RNLI does a superb and courageous job to save lives at sea and we hope to be able to help raise funds that will provide vital kit for their crew men and women.”

The RNLI’s community fundraising manager for the North East Gill King said: Our crews rely on lifesaving kit, like their yellow wellies, lifejackets and helmets, when they go out in all weathers to save lives at sea. We are thrilled that The Inn Collection Group is helping to raise money for the RNLI and thank them for their support."

Other Inn Collection Group pubs supporting The RNLI include Northumberland-based The Lindisfarne Inn at Beal, The Bamburgh Castle Inn at Seahouses, The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick and The Commissioners Quay Inn at Blyth and The King’s Head Inn at Newton under Roseberry.  
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