28 February 2018

Rampion makes £100,000 donation to local RNLI stations

Rampion has made a £100,000 charitable donation to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution from the Rampion Community Fund which was set up last year to benefit communities across Sussex.

This funding will be spread across the lifeboat stations in Newhaven, Brighton, Shoreham and Littlehampton, which operate in the area surrounding the wind farm.

Chris Tomlinson, Development and Stakeholder Manager for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, said: “The Community Fund was set up last year to benefit communities across Sussex and our aim is to make a real difference to people living in the area surrounding the wind farm.

“To keep the wind farm in full working order, our wind turbine technicians will be transiting between our operations base in Newhaven and the Rampion site, for the lifetime of the project. With a significant level of commercial and recreational sea user activity operating from ports and marinas across the coast, safety at sea will always be a key priority for us all. We are therefore delighted to be able to make this donation to the RNLI, who do an incredible job to keep everyone safe at sea, no matter the time, the season or the weather.”

Paul Dunt, RNLI Media officer for London and the South East, said: “We would like to thank Rampion for this kind donation. Last year the Royal National Lifeboat Institution saved 431 lives around the coast of the UK and Ireland and this vital work wouldn’t be possible without donations such as this.”

“As a charity, the RNLI receives no government funding and we rely entirely on donations, legacies and fund-raising, so this money will help our incredible lifeboat volunteers, at these four busy south coast stations, to continue to save lives at sea.”

Rampion Offshore Wind Farm is being built 13km off the Sussex coast by E.ON, the UK Green Investment Rampion Ltd and Canadian energy infrastructure company Enbridge. When complete it will provide enough electricity to supply almost 347,000 homes a year(1), equivalent to around half the homes in Sussex. The project is due to be completed and fully operational later this year.

Organisations wishing to apply to the Rampion Fund to support a community project, should contact the Sussex Community Foundation on 01273 409 440 or visit sussexgiving.org.uk/rampion.

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