By David Hanson MP / Latest News / 0 Comments

Celebrating European Win

I am celebrating Wales winning their opening match against Slovakia in Euro 2016 as it means that Flint Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) will receive £135.25 from bookies William Hill.

I was invited by William Hill to place a charity bet on a team of his choice to win their first match in the Euro 2016 tournament. The £50 charity bet has meant that Flint RNLI will be receiving a cheque for £135.25.

It is the 50th anniversary of Flint RNLI, and in May they will be receiving a new £48,000 inshore lifeboat, to be names ‘The Lady Barbara’. David Sadler from Buckley has donated £35,000 toward the cost of the new lifeboat in memory of his wife, Barbara, who died in 2015. The volunteer RNLI team at Flint recently launched a £13,000 appeal to meet the remaining cost of the boat.

Just when you think you’ve heard all you can about Europe, Euro 2016 kicks off. I am very grateful to William Hill for giving me the opportunity to place this charity bet for Wales to beat Slovakia.

I have long supported Flint RNLI. Since the lifeboat station opened in 1966, the volunteers at Flint have launched 667 times and saved 97 lives in their area of operation on the river Dee from Chester weir to the Dee estuary at Talacre. WE must remember that everyone at Flint RNLI are volunteers. They go above and beyond to help people in danger.

But please remember that if you do gamble please only do so responsibly.