Energy company to support lifeboats

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An energy company working in the Wash has signed a partnership with the RNLI to fund the cost of running the lifeboat station at Wells.

The Danish-owned DONG Energy has boats working out of Lynn and is a global leader in offshore wind.

DONG Energy and the RNLI have agreed to work together for an initial period of two years, during which time it will contribute £120,000 to help fund the work of the RNLI.

This will support six RNLI stations across the country, including Wells.

DONG Energy has two offshore wind farms in operation off the East coast of the UK (Lincs and Westermost Rough) and two more in construction or development (Race Bank and Hornsea Project One).

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 areas where we operate and that’s why this partnership makes so much sense.”

Neil Hancock, divisional operations manager at the RNLI, said: “As a charity, the RNLI relies on voluntary donations and fundraising, and so to know that our lifeboat running costs will be covered for the next two years is a huge boost.”