VIDEO: Vote brings cash for lifeboat crew

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Lifesavers from Blackpool have received a £1,250 boost after winning a public vote for a share of a charity handout.

The RNLI came second in the competition called the Vote That Counts, run by the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Blackpool RNLI rescue

Blackpool RNLI rescue

Members of the public voted for their favourite cause with animal charity the PDSA winning the top prize of £50,000.

The RNLI received £10,000 which is being split between eight lifeboat stations including Blackpool where the cash will be spent on new lifesaving kit.

Keith Horrocks, lifeboat operations manager at Blackpool lifeboat station, said: “I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to vote for the RNLI in the Vote that Counts.

“We have only won this money because of the efforts of our fantastic supporters.

“We will receive £1,250 here at Blackpool which will go towards replacing worn-out kit for our volunteer crew members.

“RNLI volunteers need the most protective kit when risking their lives to save others at sea. Our kit helps to keep us safe, often in treacherous conditions.”

Vital kit includes protective helmets costing £194, thermal gloves costing £10 as well as lifejackets, dry suits, inflatable knee pads and steel-plated wellies.

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