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UK: DONG Energy agrees partnership to support RNLI

DONG Energy has signed a partnership with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) to make a major contribution to the lifeboat running costs of six RNLI stations across the UK.

Barrow RNLI lifeboat Grace Dixon (Photo: DONG Energy)Barrow RNLI lifeboat Grace Dixon (Photo: DONG Energy)

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 make a major contribution to the lifeboat running costs of six RNLI stations, helping them to continue saving lives.

The six RNLI stations being supported are:

  • Barrow
  • Clacton-on-Sea
  • Humber
  • New Brighton
  • Ramsgate
  • Wells

DONG Energy has offshore wind farms in operation or development in each of these six locations, and this new partnership will provide further support to local communities in these areas.

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 making a major contribution to the lifeboat running costs for six stations across the UK. 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 local 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.'

Leesa Harwood, the RNLI’s Community Lifesaving and Fundraising Director, said: 'As a charity, the RNLI relies on donations to be able to carry out its lifesaving work around the coast of UK and Republic of Ireland, so we are grateful to DONG Energy for its generosity in making a significant contribution to the lifeboat running costs of these six lifeboat stations. In doing so, the company will be directly helping our volunteer crews to save lives at sea. The RNLI rescues an average of 24 people every day and last year alone saved 368 lives. DONG Energy’s donation will be felt most by our volunteer lifeboat crews and those they rescue.'

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. 

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.


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