Andy Cantle memorial night raises £1140 for Sunderland RNLI


Date: 12/02/2012

Author: Paul Nicholson, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

A memorial fundraising event held in memory of Andrew Cantle at Sunderland Yacht Club raised a massive one thousand, one hundred and forty pound (£1,140) in aid of volunteers based at Sunderland’s Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) Station.

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The event; held on Saturday night was sold out in advance and was attended by 120 guests and was compared by club member Jimmy Carter. The night included music, games, and raffles. The guests included past and present RNLI volunteers who served with Andrew; along with members of both Andrews and Beth’s family.

Andrew, who lived in Rawcliffe, York with partner, Beth Webster, was tragically killed on 10th February last year when the commuter plane he was co-piloting crashed at Cork Airport in thick fog.

Andrew Cantle (aged 27) first became involved with Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat station in 2000 when he decided to serve with the charity as part of the Community Service element of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

After completing the award in 2001 he decided to stay with the charity and serve as volunteer lifeboat crew where he served until 2008, when he moved to York to take up his career as an airline pilot. During this time he took part in 65 emergency missions which resulted in the rescue of 66 people.

Sunderland Yacht Club was originally formed in 1912 and is currently based on Sunderland Old North Pier, Roker and was founded to encourage boating activities and enhance the skills of its members.

Currently the club has two hundred and fifty members of all ages and promotes an environment where boat owners can not only enjoy the social aspect of the club but can also enhance their boating skills by enrolling onto one of the clubs RYA courses. As the club is a recognized R.Y.A Training centre.

Paul Nicholson, Senior Helmsman of Sunderland RNLI said ‘We are extremely grateful to everyone who contributed to the success of Saturday night; the yacht club; the many individuals and businesses who donated raffle prizes; Jimmy Carter and the event organisers. The whole event was a fitting tribute to Andrew and it was exactly the sort of night that he loved to attend’.

RNLI Forever by the Sea funds is a positive and powerful way to honour the life of someone special. By setting up a fund in the name of your loved one, you can turn treasured memories into practical support for courageous volunteer lifeboat crews.

For more information about or how to setup a forever by the sea memorial fund go to RNLI website.

As a registered charity the RNLI relies on voluntary donations and legacies from the public for its income.

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