RNLI lifeboat week

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Preparations are currently underway within The Hildreds Shopping Centre in Skegness, as it gets ready for Lifeboat Week, starting this Saturday.

The centre will be helping to raise as much money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

During Lifeboat Week (July 20 – 28, the centre will display its 16ft model of the Lincolnshire Poacher lifeboat which has helped to raise in excess of £750,000 for the RNLI.

“The Lincolnshire Poacher was built in 1992 by the Hildreds Shopping Centre’s staff to educate people about the potential dangers of the sea and the dedication shown by the RNLI. This year in addition to the display, we will be turning Unit 16 into a pop-up RNLI shop complete with The Hildreds life-sized animated Jolly John Coxswain of the Skegness lifeboat - who will be telling the history of the lifeboat station in Skegness and even singing the odd sea shanty or two,” said Steve Andrews, for the centre.

A cheque presentation to the lifeboat crew will also take place during the week from donations received from the sale of artwork from the H-art Gallery in The Hildreds. The centre has supported the RNLI since it opened in 1988.