The Southport Offshore Rescue Trust is pleased to announce the arrival of 22 new drysuits, thermal under suits and pairs of gloves to replace some of the existing kit currently worn by the lifeboat crew, much of which is more than 10 years old.The crew has been in need of new kit for some time: however with most of the Trust’s efforts having been focussed on raising money for a new lifeboat house, it was decided that an additional campaign would be attempted to cover the cost of the kit.

The campaign would involve applications to local organisations and Charitable Trusts for grants in order to raise a minimum of £10,000 to purchase the kit from Northern Diver.

Grants have been received from the ASDA Charitable Foundation, The Liverpool Sailor’s Home Trust, The Skelton Bounty and the Quigley Trust, and the target has been reached and surpassed.

Nick Porter, a Coxswain of the Southport Lifeboat said; “We would like to thank all of the companies, local organisations and charities for making donations towards this worthy campaign.

It is important that we provide our crew with kit which will stand up to the job.

Some of our current suits are over 10 years old and constantly in need of expensive repairs, a cost which has been slowing us down in our aim to build a new boathouse.

The Southport Lifeboat now aims to carry on the momentum and replace the lifejackets currently in service with an up to date model that the RNLI have recently started to use, while continuing the campaign to raise funds to build a new station.

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