Chiswick RNLI raised nearly £2000 in donations at Brentford FC during their first fundraiser at the stadium since the start of the pandemic, in February.
In the 90 minutes before kick off, Chiswick RNLI crew and fundraisers received £1,955 in buckets and on card readers. Three quarters of the proceeds were donated in cash.
The last time the RNLI collected at Brentford FC was March 2020, at the final match at the Bees’ old stadium, Griffin Park. Promoted to the Premier League last year, Brentford’s new Community Stadium within easy reach of the river and many fans congregate before the match at the nearby riverside pubs.
The club gave pitch-side tickets to the collectors, who watched Brentford face off against Crystal Palace.
Chiswick RNLI lifeboat station is the second busiest in the UK and Ireland. Since The RNLI search and rescue service on the Thames started in 2002, Chiswick Lifeboat has attended over 3,500 incidents and rescued more than 1,750 people. The RNLI is entirely funded by public donations.
Image above: Chiswick RNLI volunteers and fundraisers enjoy the Brentford V Crystal Palace game
Volunteers ‘delighted’ to be working with Brentford FC again
Mark Pusey from Chiswick RNLI said:
“Chiswick RNLI is delighted to be working with our local football club, Brentford FC. The stunning new stadium is on our doorstep, even closer to our area of operations on the Thames. We are looking forward to engaging with the Brentford fans and friends, offering water safety advice, spreading the word about what we do on the river, and doing some essential fundraising at the ground. Up the Bees!”
After the match, Chiswick RNLI fundraiser, Jane Foster Smith said:
“All the collectors had a great time and exchanged lots of cheerful banter with the fans. We enjoyed being right next to the action on the pitch during the match and along with 17,000 fans seeing RNLI images and water safety messages on the big screen at half time.”
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