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RNLI can bank on fundraisers

By Herald Express  |  Posted: September 01, 2012

ROWING: Building society employees including Michelle Concannon, third from left, along with volunteer Dart lifeboat crew Kev Murphy and Buster Hart watching volunteer tractor driver Monty Halls at the end of his half-hour stint on the rowing machine

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STAFF from a Dartmouth bank have taken part in a Rowathon in a bid to raise funds for the RNLI.

The event, held during a special fundraising day at the branch, inspired employees, volunteer crew and even lifeboat tractor driver Monty Halls to put in huge amounts of effort.

During the eight hours the rowing machine was whirring away, the volunteers and staff rowed an incredible 60 miles and raised £238 for the life-saving charity.

Branch manager Michelle Concannon, who has herself run half marathons and completed skydives this year in aid of the RNLI — Yorkshire Building Society's charity of the year — said she was delighted by the result of the fundraising day. She said: "The day was a great success, we had lots of fun. People really went for it and tried to go a long way in their stints.

"We held a raffle for the RNLI and a competition to see who could guess the distance everyone would row during the day.

"We are delighted by the amount we have raised during the event, and across the whole year too.

"The RNLI is a wonderful charity and Yorkshire Building Society are pleased to support it."

Dart RNLI fundraising committee chairman Harry Escott said: "The Dartmouth branch has done so much this year to bring in funds for the RNLI.

"Michelle and her team can be rightfully congratulated as they have made a real difference."

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