Cornish Pirates launch partnership with the RNLI
The Cornish Pirates have chosen the RNLI as their official charity to support for the incoming rugby season.
The yearlong partnership, which will see the Penzance club adopt the RNLI logo on their kits, was launched last week at Gwithian beach.
Volunteers from the charity will make regular appearances at the rugby club’s home games to gain support.
With close links to the RNLI- four former players are now part of the lifesaving crew at Penlee lifeboat station- the club are keen to help the charity raise funds over the coming year.
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Phil Westren, from the Cornish Pirates, said: “Everyone in Cornwall will be aware of the importance of the RNLI and the role played by its crew members, for whom we have the utmost respect.
“The players will be honoured to wear the ‘Proud to support RNLI’ logo on their shorts and during the season we will naturally be keen to help raise funds for what is a much cherished charity.”
The RNLI provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the coast of the UK and depend on donations and legacies to maintain its service.
Former Cornish Pirates player Patch Harvey is now coxswain at Penlee lifeboat and is delighted with the new partnership.
He said: “We share so many values. The RNLI looks to its volunteers and its staff being selfless, dependable, trustworthy and courageous and the Cornish Pirates ask much the same of their players. We all work close to the sea too so there’s that link and I’m always amazed how many of the RNLI crew in west Cornwall have ties to the club that go back over many years.”
As well as supporting the RNLI, the club will also continue to support other charitable causes.