Ørsted agrees new partnership
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To reflect the company’s rapidly expanding offshore footprint in the UK, Ørsted has now extended the partnership to include Skegness Lifeboat Station – supporting a total of seven RNLI lifeboat stations to help save even more lives over the next three years.
Matthew Wright, managing director at Ørsted UK, said:
“We’re extremely proud to continue our partnership with the RNLI for another three years and help this amazing charity save lives at sea. As a company building major offshore wind projects to be the backbone of the UK’s future energy system, we understand the challenges faced by RNLI crews working out at sea, and we want to help these lifeboat stations continue operating safely and efficiently. Ørsted is hugely committed to making a positive impact in the communities where we operate, which is why supporting the vital service provided by the RNLI makes so much sense to us.”
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally, the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.
The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.
Paul Boissier, RNLI chief executive, said:
‘As a charity, the RNLI relies on donations to be able to carry out its lifesaving work around the coast of the UK and Ireland. So, we are grateful to Ørsted for their continued generosity in making a significant contribution to the lifeboat running costs of our stations at Barrow, Clacton-on-Sea, Humber, New Brighton, Ramsgate, Skegness and Wells. The donation from Ørsted has contributed to ensuring that the crew at these seven stations are ready to respond to emergency situations. The support from Ørsted will be felt most by our volunteer lifeboat crews and the people in the communities that we aim to protect, and we thank them for that.’
Ørsted currently has 10 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 seven RNLI stations:
Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives.
Notes to editors:
4. Ørsted currently has 10 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 seven RNLI stations
5. Confirmed launch and rescue stats for 2016 & 2017
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