London-woman-to-be-given-Supporter-Award-by-the-RNLI-for-unique-fundraising

Byline: A marathon, a cross-channel swim, an education presenter and a burlesque show – four very different ventures, but all undertaken by one person and for one purpose; to raise funds for the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea.
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Now, the RNLI is awarding London-born Chantal Carr with an Individual Supporter Award for her unfaltering dedication to raising funds and awareness of the charity’s lifesaving work. 

Chantal, from Edmonton, North London, has run two marathons in aid of the charity, an interest in which she inherited from her father Bob Woollett, who sadly passed away in June 2007. Since then, she has progressed to attempting a cross-channel swim – a gruelling and dangerous experience which sadly ended only seven miles from the French coast. 

Not content with just raising funds, Chantal is also helping teach a younger generation about the RNLI, having signed up as a Volunteer Education Presenter, visiting schools and youth groups to talk about the RNLI’s work. A working mum with two young sons, Chantal realises the importance of teaching others about how to stay safe on or near the water.

And, in a first for the RNLI, Chantal now performs around the country in a burlesque show in the guise of Bettie Wishes – a unique fundraising venture that has seen her and her friends performing their cheeky show in a number of pubs and clubs around the country.

She says: ‘My dad was a great supporter of the RNLI and wherever we went on holiday we would visit the lifeboat station and shop. We had no direct links to the sea, living in London, but my dad knew the importance of the lifeboats and the courage of the volunteer crew members; he taught my sister and I to appreciate that.

‘When he died five years ago, I set up a Forever by the Sea tribute fund for him. The great thing about the tribute fund is that all my Dad’s friends and family can give to it in whichever way suits them best; not all of them are as mad as me and want to run marathons!’

Gemma Nightingale, Legacy and In Memoriam Co-ordinator, said: ‘Chantal is an example of what is great about our volunteers; selfless, committed and courageous. The £4,500 she has raised for the RNLI by crossing the channel and her numerous marathons make her an inspiration to all. Furthermore, her enthusiasm in educating young people and igniting people’s interest in our charity makes her a true ambassador the RNLI.’

The award is announced today on London Lifeboat Day, the RNLI’s fundraising day where 200 fundraisers hit the streets of London to rattle buckets and raise awareness of the four lifeboat stations in the capital – which are based at Tower, Chiswick, Gravesend and Teddington. 

The award will be presented to Chantal at the RNLI’s annual awards ceremony at the Barbican Centre in London on 23 May, 2013.

Notes to editors

• The RNLI’s annual presentation of awards takes place at the Barbican Centre in London on 23 May. Medals for gallantry are presented to crew, volunteers and lifeguards. Fundraisers and corporate partners are also recognised for their contribution to the charity.
• A short film about Chantal’s story will be available on the RNLI’s Press Centre after the awards ceremony on 23 May.
• Other recipients of RNLI Supporter Awards will feature on RNLI social media channels in the coming weeks, and will use the hashtag #ProudOfOurCrowd. 

Media contacts

For further information, please contact:
• Lauren Hockey, Public Relations Officer, on 01202 336194 or by email at lauren_hockey@rnli.org.uk
• Tim Ash, Public Relations Manager (London and the East), on 0207 6207 7426 or 07785 296252 or by email at tim_ash@rnli.org.uk
• Philly Byrde, Press Officer (London and the East), on 0207 6207 7425 / 07786 668825 or by email at philly_byrde@rnli.org.uk

Byline: A marathon, a cross-channel swim, an education presenter and a burlesque show – four very different ventures, but all undertaken by one person and for one purpose; to raise funds for the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea.
Page Content:

Now, the RNLI is awarding London-born Chantal Carr with an Individual Supporter Award for her unfaltering dedication to raising funds and awareness of the charity’s lifesaving work. 

Chantal, from Edmonton, North London, has run two marathons in aid of the charity, an interest in which she inherited from her father Bob Woollett, who sadly passed away in June 2007. Since then, she has progressed to attempting a cross-channel swim – a gruelling and dangerous experience which sadly ended only seven miles from the French coast. 

Not content with just raising funds, Chantal is also helping teach a younger generation about the RNLI, having signed up as a Volunteer Education Presenter, visiting schools and youth groups to talk about the RNLI’s work. A working mum with two young sons, Chantal realises the importance of teaching others about how to stay safe on or near the water.

And, in a first for the RNLI, Chantal now performs around the country in a burlesque show in the guise of Bettie Wishes – a unique fundraising venture that has seen her and her friends performing their cheeky show in a number of pubs and clubs around the country.

She says: ‘My dad was a great supporter of the RNLI and wherever we went on holiday we would visit the lifeboat station and shop. We had no direct links to the sea, living in London, but my dad knew the importance of the lifeboats and the courage of the volunteer crew members; he taught my sister and I to appreciate that.

‘When he died five years ago, I set up a Forever by the Sea tribute fund for him. The great thing about the tribute fund is that all my Dad’s friends and family can give to it in whichever way suits them best; not all of them are as mad as me and want to run marathons!’

Gemma Nightingale, Legacy and In Memoriam Co-ordinator, said: ‘Chantal is an example of what is great about our volunteers; selfless, committed and courageous. The £4,500 she has raised for the RNLI by crossing the channel and her numerous marathons make her an inspiration to all. Furthermore, her enthusiasm in educating young people and igniting people’s interest in our charity makes her a true ambassador the RNLI.’

The award is announced today on London Lifeboat Day, the RNLI’s fundraising day where 200 fundraisers hit the streets of London to rattle buckets and raise awareness of the four lifeboat stations in the capital – which are based at Tower, Chiswick, Gravesend and Teddington. 

The award will be presented to Chantal at the RNLI’s annual awards ceremony at the Barbican Centre in London on 23 May, 2013.

Notes to editors

• The RNLI’s annual presentation of awards takes place at the Barbican Centre in London on 23 May. Medals for gallantry are presented to crew, volunteers and lifeguards. Fundraisers and corporate partners are also recognised for their contribution to the charity.
• A short film about Chantal’s story will be available on the RNLI’s Press Centre after the awards ceremony on 23 May.
• Other recipients of RNLI Supporter Awards will feature on RNLI social media channels in the coming weeks, and will use the hashtag #ProudOfOurCrowd. 

Media contacts

For further information, please contact:
• Lauren Hockey, Public Relations Officer, on 01202 336194 or by email at lauren_hockey@rnli.org.uk
• Tim Ash, Public Relations Manager (London and the East), on 0207 6207 7426 or 07785 296252 or by email at tim_ash@rnli.org.uk
• Philly Byrde, Press Officer (London and the East), on 0207 6207 7425 / 07786 668825 or by email at philly_byrde@rnli.org.uk