Elite Fish & Chips celebrate 25 years with £5,000 support for Skegness RNLI
Wednesday 26 February 2014
Author: Russell Matthews
Skegness RNLI lifeboat station has benefitted from the hard work and generosity of a Lincolnshire restaurant chain after a year of fundraising for the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution).
Staff and customers at the family-run Elite Fish & Chip Company’s three restaurants in Lincoln, Sleaford and Ruskington have spent the past 12 months raising £25,000 to share among five Lincolnshire charities, to mark the firm’s 25th Anniversary.
Owner Adrian Tweedale said they were delighted to be able to support Skegness lifeboat station: "We received over 50 applications to be one of our 25th anniversary charities and it was very difficult to narrow the list down to just five, from so many good causes.”
Lincolnshire LIVES, St Barnabas Hospice, Kids Strut and Sleaford Scout Group will all also benefit from a £5,000 donation.
Adrian added: "Including Skegness lifeboat station has been a very popular choice with our customers and, with the link to the fishing industry, is particularly relevant to us. I’d like to thank all our staff and customers for their hard work and generosity during the year.”
Fundraising for the chosen charities has involved staff and customers donating via collection boxes, fundraising days at the company’s branches, sales of battered cream eggs, and even a staff bungee jump.
The year of fundraising started and finished with National Chip Week, where 10p from every portion of fish and chips was donated to the charity fund.
Responding to the donation, Skegness lifeboat coxswain Ray Chapman said he was thrilled that the Elite Fish & Chip Company had managed to reach their £25,000 fundraising target.
Ray said: "We continue to be amazed by the support we receive from the local community, particularly from those who live further inland, away from the coast. Adrian and his team set themselves a very ambitious target to celebrate their 25th anniversary and we can’t thank them enough for their support.”
1. Elite Fish & Chip Company owner Adrian Tweedale, along with wife Donna, present Coxswain Ray Chapman with £5,000 for the RNLI following a year of fundraising to celebrate the firm’s 25th anniversary. (Credit: Richard Addison).
2. Skegness lifeboat crew member and Lifeboat Press Officer (LPO) Russell Matthews hands out the chips (and cheques) at Elite Fish & Chips' Lincoln restaurant, with Rachel Tweedale and representatives of the company's other chosen charities. (Credit: Richard Addison).
3. Skegness RNLI's Lifeboat Sea Safety Officer (LSSO) Peter Barnard MBE (left) and Lifeboat Press Officer (LPO) Russell Matthews receive a cheque for £5,000 from Adrian Tweedale (right) and daughter Rachel, at Elite Fish & Chips' Lincoln restaurant. (Credit: Richard Addison).