DONG Energy has signed a partnership with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) to contribute to the lifeboat running costs of six RNLI stations across the UK.
DONG Energy and the RNLI have agreed to work together for an initial period of two years, during which DONG Energy will make a financial donation of £120,000 to help fund the work of the RNLI.
The company currently has eight operational offshore wind farms in the UK, with a further four in construction or development. These offshore wind farms are all located in areas corresponding to the six RNLI stations that are being supported in this partnership. DONG Energy will support the following six RNLI stations: Barrow, Clacton-on-Sea, Humber, New Brighton, Ramsgate, and Wells.
Brent Cheshire, DONG Energy’s UK Country Chairman, said: “The RNLI saves lives at sea every day and as a company operating at sea ourselves, we know all about the extraordinary support that the RNLI provides to coastal communities.
“DONG Energy is fully committed to making a positive contribution to the local areas where we operate and that’s why this partnership makes so much sense. We are delighted to support the RNLI in continuing its outstanding lifeboat search and rescue service.”
Leesa Harwood, the RNLI’s Community Lifesaving and Fundraising Director, said: “As a charity, the RNLI relies on donations to be able to carry out its lifesaving work around the coast of UK and Republic of Ireland, so we are grateful to DONG Energy for its generosity in making a significant contribution to the lifeboat running costs of these six lifeboat stations.
“In doing so, the company will be directly helping our volunteer crews to save lives at sea. The RNLI rescues an average of 24 people every day and last year alone saved 368 lives. DONG Energy’s donation will be felt most by our volunteer lifeboat crews and those they rescue.”