Updated: May 18
Throughout lockdown RNLI volunteers are still being called upon daily to help those in danger out at sea or in difficulty along the coast and the charity is determined to continue saving lives at sea, despite its falling income during one of the toughest times that charities have ever faced.
Graham Solder from Access 28, based in Surrey, is determined to help keep the lifeboats afloat and is raising vital funds through sales of his marine security services and encouraging the public to donate where they can . Through a newly formed partnership with the South-East Regional arm of the charity, Graham has committed to donating 5% of the profits from every vessel security system sold, to their Lifesavers Fund and has also set up a JustGiving page on the company’s website to help others support the charity at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rnli-and-axxess-28.
Providing safety, security and peace of mind 24/7 are key values on which the Access 28 brand was built and why they feel so passionate about supporting the RNLI’s work.
Graham said “I’m excited to be supporting this amazing charity that’s been saving lives since 1824 and being based in the South East (and a keen sailor?) I’m particularly proud to help the RNLI meet the running costs of stations across the South East and be able to provide the volunteer rescue team with the best equipment possible to save lives at sea.
The charity is fully dependent on the public’s help to fund their vital rescue services and equipment but with many traditional fundraising opportunities and events not able to go ahead through the pandemic, the public’s support is needed more than ever.
Claire Cardwell, RNLI Fundraising & Partnerships Lead South East said “The health crisis has hit our charity hard, yet our lifeboat volunteers are busier than ever. It costs an average of £191k to run lifeboat stations in the South East and this partnership is another step closer to ensuring we can keep our lifeboats afloat and always be there for every emergency.”
Like the RNLI, Access 28 is committed to keeping its customers safe 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. As security specialists in the marine, retail, home and commercial sectors, Graham and his team are experts in using the latest in security technology alongside their advanced knowledge to anticipate future challenges and safeguard their customers. They supply, install and maintain access controls, keeping them in optimum working order and providing ongoing safety. Should emergencies occur they are available 24/7, 365 days a year.
The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea through its 24/7 search and rescue lifeboat service, seasonal lifeguards, water safety initiatives and youth education. Donations to the South-East Regional Lifesavers Fund will help the running costs of stations across the South East including Bembridge, Brighton, Calshot, Chiswick, Cowes, Dover, Dungeness, Eastbourne, Gravesend, Hastings, Hayling Island, Littlehampton, Littlestone on Sea, Lymington, Margate, Mudeford, Newhaven, Poole, Portsmouth, Ramsgate, Rye Harbour, Selsey, Sheerness, Shoreham Harbour, Southend On Sea, Swanage, Teddington, Tower, Walmer, Whitstable and Yarmouth.
For ideas on how to support the charity or get involved please contact Claire_Cardwell@rnli.org.uk
For further information on the services provided by Access 28 please contact Graham at email@example.com or on 0845 680 0228.