DONG Energy has today signed a partnership with The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) to fund the boat running costs of the RNLI station in New Brighton.
DONG Energy is one of the leading energy companies in Northern Europe and a global leader in offshore wind. The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. For an initial period of two years, DONG Energy will fund the boat running costs of the New Brighton RNLI station, helping it to continue saving lives in the area.
DONG Energy’s Burbo Bank offshore wind farm is currently in operation in Liverpool Bay and the Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm is under construction. This new partnership with the RNLI station in New Brighton will provide further support to the local community.
Brent Cheshire, DONG Energy’s UK Country Chairman, said:
“The RNLI is a fantastic charity that does incredible work, and I am thrilled that we are now funding the boat running costs for the RNLI station in New Brighton.
“The RNLI saves lives at sea every day and as a company operating at sea ourselves, we know all about the extraordinary support that the RNLI provides to coastal communities.
“DONG Energy is fully committed to making a positive contribution to the areas where we operate and that’s why this partnership makes so much sense. We are delighted to support the RNLI in continuing with their outstanding lifeboat search and rescue service.”
Graham Sale, New Brighton RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, said:
“We were very grateful to hear that DONG Energy wanted to support the RNLI in New Brighton. Our dedicated volunteer crew are always ready to drop everything when the call comes to launch the lifeboat and hovercraft on a rescue, but they couldn’t carry on saving lives without the help of organisations like DONG Energy.
“On behalf of everyone at New Brighton RNLI, I want to say a very big thank you to DONG Energy. As a charity, the RNLI relies on voluntary donations and fundraising, and so to know that our lifeboat and hovercraft running costs will be covered for the next two years is a huge boost.”
DONG Energy and the RNLI have agreed to work together for an initial period of two years, during which time DONG Energy will make a financial donation of £120,000 to help fund the work of the RNLI.
In total, DONG Energy will be supporting six RNLI stations across the UK (Barrow, Clacton-on-Sea, Humber, New Brighton, Ramsgate and Wells-next-the-Sea).
DONG Energy currently has eight operational offshore wind farms in the UK, with a further four in construction or development. These offshore wind farms are all located in areas corresponding to the six RNLI stations that are being supported in this new partnership.
Note: Boat running costs mainly cover the fuel used on lifeboat launches and rescues, as well as minor items replaced during routine maintenance.