The Inn Collection Group are going hook, line and sinker to support the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s Fish Supper fundraising campaign.
Promising ‘trout of this world’ fish dishes across its inns on Friday nights throughout October, the Group is giving a £1 donation (50p children’s meals) from every RNLI Fish special to the charity which saves lives at sea.
From crowd-pleasing local ale battered fish and chips to just-landed catch of the day plates, the Group is pledging to tip the scales when it comes to supporting the RNLI’s annual Fish Supper campaign to raise funds for their local lifeboat crews.
Dan Evans is general manager at The Commissioners Quay Inn, which overlooks the North Sea and busy Port of Blyth in Northumberland.
Dan: “Proper, homemade battered fish and perfectly cooked chips are right up there as being one of our favourite meals as a nation. To my mind there can be no better way to help a lifesaving charity like the RNLI than tucking into one of our local beer-battered fish and homemade chip meals in the knowledge that you’re helping to support a great cause.
“Our local volunteer Blyth crew are just a stone’s throw from our inn. We see the amazing work they do on an ongoing basis and the lifeline role they play in our community, which is so sea-orientated. We’re proud to support the RNLI so that they can continue to save even more lives at sea.”
The Commissioners Quay Inn will also have local brewers Cullercoats Brewery beer on tap throughout October, with 3p for every pint sold being donated to the RNLI – the perfect accompaniment for washing down your RNLI fish supper with.
The nationwide event honours lifeboat crew members who miss meal times and special occasions with loved ones to save lives at sea.
The money raised from The Inn Collection Group pubs’ fish suppers will be used to buy equipment and pay for training for RNLI volunteers.
The RNLI’s fish-themed annual fundraiser aims to raise awareness of crew who drop everything – even weddings, birthdays and births – to venture into often dangerous waters to rescue people who have found themselves in difficulty.
Last year, RNLI lifeboat crews across the UK and Ireland rescued 8,643 people and saved 431 lives. It costs over £485,000 per day to run the RNLI, and the charity relies on donations from the public to continue its lifesaving service.
The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,200 lives.
Robin Palmer, RNLI volunteer crew member at Blyth RNLI, said: “As a volunteer crew member, my pager can beep at any time. Whether I’m at work, asleep in bed or about to tuck into my dinner – I’ll stop what I’m doing and go straight to the lifeboat station, ready to save lives.
“Events such as Fish Fridays hosted by The Inn Collection Group are a great way for people to get together, enjoy a fantastic meal and raise vital funds for our lifesaving charity.”
In Northumberland, participating RNLI Fish Supper The Inn Collection Group pubs are The Lindisfarne Inn at Beal, The Bamburgh Castle Inn, Seahouses, The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick and The Commissioners Quay Inn at Blyth.
In Durham The Kingslodge Inn in Flass Vale, Durham City Centre is involved while also offering up RNL Fish Supper feasts are The Seaton Lane Inn at Seaton, County Durham and The King’s Head Inn at Newton under Roseberry, Great Ayton.
For more information about the RNLI’s Fish Supper campaign visit RNLI.org/FishSupper