In addition to being a good weekend for all, each year Blackpool Breeze donates all remaining monies after operating costs have been deducted to a nominated charity.
Our nominated charity for 2017 is the R.N.L.I., Lytham St Annes. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (R.N.L.I.) exists to save lives at sea, providing a search and rescue service 24/7, 365 days a year. It is a charity funded entirely by voluntary contributions.
Lytham St Annes Lifeboat was established in 1851, and operates from two sites. Over the years, there have been 18 awards for gallantry, most notably a Silver Medal awarded following the successful rescue of the crew of 12 of 'The Mexico' by Lytham lifeboat 'Charles Biggs' in December 1886.
This was the worst disaster ever to befall the R.N.L.I. and cost the lives of the entire crew of 13 of the St Annes lifeboat 'Laura Janet', and all but 2 of the 16 crew of the Southport lifeboat 'Eliza Fernlea'. In total, 27 lifeboatmen lost their lives that night, but the crew of 12 was saved.
Although lifeboat technology has advanced over the years, crews continue to risk their lives in all kinds of weather to rescue those unlucky enough to be caught out by the sea. Whether for vessels suffering engine failure, lost or experiencing difficulty in fog or rough seas or simply people on the beach who misjudge the tide, the R.N.L.I. is there to help.
Take a look at our Previous Charities page to see how much was raised from past events.