DONG Energy announces lifeboat partnership

The offshore wind firm DONG Energy is to help maintain the running costs of six RNLI stations across the UK. 

For an initial period of two years, DONG Energy will support the following six stations, including Clacton-on-Sea and Humber.

The company current has offshore wind farms in operation or development in each of these six locations, and this new partnership will provide further support to local communities in these areas.

"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,” said DONG Energy’s UK Chairman, Brent Cheshire.

"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, added: "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."

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues