Haven helping to kit out colleague for RNLI duties

Team members at two Haven holiday parks have come together with the crew at Berwick lifeboat station to launch a month of fund-raising for the RNLI.

Thursday, 17th May 2018, 9:16 am

Throughout May, Haven are supporting the RNLI’s national Mayday campaign, which aims to raise funds for essential lifeboat crew kit.

And Berwick and Haggerston Castle parks have a special reason for supporting their local RNLI lifeboat station: They share a colleague.

Christi Avril (centre), Haven and RNLI representatives and mascots Rory the tiger, Stormy Stan and Polly the lifeguard.

While her day job sees her working as a lifeguard at Haven’s Berwick Holiday Park, Christi Avril is also a volunteer crew member at the RNLI’s Berwick lifeboat station.

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So, for Mayday, Christi’s Haven colleagues will be organising fund-raising activities at the parks to help fund her lifeboat kit, worth nearly £1,600.

To kick off the appeal, Haven staff visited the station to meet some of the volunteer crew and got the opportunity to see the lifeboat up close.

John Campbell, deputy second coxswain at Berwick, said: “It was great to welcome the team from Berwick and Haggerston Castle parks to the lifeboat station. By supporting our Mayday campaign, Haven will be helping crews like ourselves face the harshest conditions at sea with the best kit possible. Our partnership with Haven is also a fabulous opportunity to share messages with holidaymakers to help them stay safe and have fun by the water.”

David Fairclough, general manager at Haven’s Berwick Holiday Park, added: “We’re thrilled to have teamed up with the RNLI and look forward to forming a close bond with our local lifeboat station. We were delighted to meet the volunteer crew as well as to bring along Havens mascots Rory and Polly to meet the RNLI’s Stormy Stan!”

“By working with the RNLI, we’ll be helping our guests have a safe, enjoyable holiday at our wonderful beachside locations. We look forward to fundraising for the lifeboat station and offering fun RNLI activities throughout the season.”

Haven recently announced a national partnership with the RNLI across its 36 family holiday parks, raising money to save lives at sea and sharing safety advice with holidaymakers.