The Royal National Lifeboat Institute Chester Branch held its third annual Network Rail charity day recently at Eaton Golf Club.

Nearly 70 golfers came together to raise funds for the Moelfre Lifeboat Station on Anglesey.

Moelfre Lifeboat House is currently undergoing extensive modifications so it can accept a new Tamar class all-weather boat. The boat is to be named ‘Kiwi’ after its New Zealand-born benefactor and is already moored ‘on-station’ but cannot enter the boathouse until the work is complete early next year.

Rod Pace, station manager of Moelfre RNLI Station on Anglesey
 

Since 1848 Moelfre station, known to many Cestrians from their North Wales holidays, has been rescuing people, more than 2,000 to date, and has a tremendous record of voluntary, selfless dedication recognised in 37 gallantry awards.

All RNLI costs come directly from public subscription, something of a real challenge when you realise a Tamar boat can cost £2.5m, making days like the Network Rail Charity Day so important.

Network Rail operates from the North West and introduced the event, which last year raised £23,000 to help renovate the Porthdinllaen Lifeboat Station. This year they have again brought together all the sponsors and players and, assisted by a willing Eaton Golf Club and small band of volunteers, hope to exceed that fantastic total,