Oct 28


Byline: A unique, one-of-a kind board game has been commissioned and presented as a gift to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) – the use of which will help raise money to save thousands of lives at sea.
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The game, entitled ‘Sea of Life’, was made by young apprentices from The Camelia Botnar Foundation, a charity that helps disadvantaged young people to learn new skills such as carpentry and metalwork. It will be used as a tombola at RNLI fundraising events, therefore raising vital funds for the lifesaving charity.

The game, measuring 6ft by 3ft and carved from plywood, was presented to Naomi Pickard from the RNLI by Alan Woods, the man behind the idea, at Lymington Lifeboat Station on Wednesday, 23 October.

Alan said: ‘The original idea for the commission came to me when I saw a paper-version of the tombola game being used at an RNLI event last year held on board the Silver Sturgeon, a river cruiser owned by my family’s business, on the River Thames. I liked the idea and wondered whether we could create a more sustainable version that would be re-usable for different fundraising events.

‘The Camelia Botnar Foundation were kind enough to agree to the commission, and I am delighted to present it to the RNLI today.’ 

Alan continued: ‘I don’t think the charity has ever seen anything like this before – it’s certainly a unique way to raise funds and it’s comforting to think that by simply having a go at the game, you can contribute directly to helping those in peril at sea.’

Before arriving at the station, apprentices from The Camelia Botnar Foundation paid a visit to the Berthon Boat Company, where the RNLI’s new class of lifeboat, the Shannon, is currently being built. The Shannon is the first modern all-weather lifeboat to be powered by waterjets instead of propellers, making it faster and more manoeuvrable when reaching casualties. Swanage Lifeboat Station will be one of the stations receiving a Shannon to replace their Mersey-class lifeboat in 2015.  

The Sea of Life game will primarily be used by the RNLI’s fundraising branches at key events across the country in order to raise vital funds for the charity.


RNLI media contacts
For more information, please contact:
• Lauren Hockey, PR Officer, on 01202 336134 or 07884 117369 or by email lauren_hockey@rnli.org.uk

Notes to editors

Alan Woods is Chairman of his family owned Silver Fleet river cruisers on the Thames. In 2012, Alan gifted the RNLI the use of the Silver Sturgeon river cruiser for an RNLI event, which is where he first saw us using the ‘Sea of Life’ game.

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