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12th August 2014
Release time: Immediate
LIFEBOAT LOTTO’S FIRST WINNER GETS A £2800 HOLIDAY SURPRISE

Lucky Lifeboat Lotto winner, Kathryn Ennion, learned she’d scooped the competition’s first £2800 jackpot just before leaving on a family holiday.
Twenty four year old Kathryn from Meadow Road in Whitehaven was preparing to leave for Mallorca with her 18 month old son Ryan, partner Stuart and her mum, dad and brother – when she got the news.
“It was great”, she said: “We really had something to celebrate and we all went out for a super family meal in the Cala D’Or resort where we were staying. It really added something special to the holiday.”
Lifeboat Lotto was launched in March this year to help raise vital funds for Maryport Inshore Rescue – which is run entirely by local volunteers.
Kathryn said: “I have supported Lifeboat Lotto since it started in March. We live by the sea and you never know when we could need them in an emergency.”
Kathryn, who works as a business advisor at Currys in Workington said she will be saving the bulk of the winnings to help bolster family finances and to give them some reserves for day to day expenses.
The highly popular Lifeboat Lotto has been well supported by local people. All the previous draws have not produced a winner and resulted in a roll-over, which created the £2800 bonanza for Kathryn. 
Maryport Inshore Rescue is credited with saving dozens of lives in its 33 year history and played a key role in rescuing local people during the disastrous Cumbria floods of 2009 as well as in the severe weather of last winter.
The service is totally dependent on donations and has a crew of fifteen dedicated volunteers
It receives some financial support from Britain’s Energy Coast, Cumbria Community Foundation and North and West Cumbria Flag, the fisheries local action group. 
The lifeboat’s station officer Michael messenger said: “Congratulations to Kathryn for becoming our first winner. We’d like to thank her for supporting Lifeboat Lotto since its launch. It has certainly paid off for her and the lottery has really helped to boost our funds too.”

Maryport Inshore Rescue officially opened its new boathouse in Maryport harbour in June this year.
Michael Messenger said: “Few people realise that a quarter of all UK Lifeboats are independent, like us. We don’t receive any statutory funding and are not part of the RNLI.
“We are on call 24 hours a day 365 days a year and offer an emergency response service to save lives at sea and inshore in floods and swift water. The full crew are qualified swift/white water technicians.
“We cover a very large area of the Cumbrian Coast including parts of Scotland across the Solway Firth. Our lifeboat has a range of 150 miles but we need to start raising cash for its ten year refit. It is nearly six years old and the refit could cost more than £75,000 – so we have to prepare for that now.”

NOTE TO EDITORS
Lifeboat Lotto is easy to play. Entry is only £2 a week and there are no weekly forms to fill in, just pick  4 numbers between 1 and 31 and write them on the application form.
You only need to do this once as your numbers are then registered in the Maryport Lifeboat Lotto computer and are entered into each weekly draw for as long as you pay. Paying is easy too, no hands in pockets or purses, payment is made by either cheque for £52 which covers 6 months entries or by monthly or six monthly Standing Order. No cash changes hands - nothing could be easier.
Lifeboat Lotto is a local weekly lottery, it is not part of a national scheme and all funds raised will go to the Maryport  Lifeboat.
Match 4 numbers and you will win the roll-over jackpot which starts at £1000 and increases by £100 a week until a winner is found.  If no one matches the numbers drawn, a winner is guaranteed when the jackpot reaches £5000.  Match 3 numbers and win a £25 consolation prize.
There is no need to claim, all winners will be paid directly, by cheque and winning numbers will be published each week on the Lifeboat Lotto and the Maryport Lifeboat website www.maryportrescue.co.uk
The Lifeboat Lotto team will be out and about, calling on households and in local shopping centres to ask for your support, they will be easily recognisable with high visibility jackets and full identification.
You can also sign up for the Maryport Lifeboat Lotto by downloading an application form from the Lifeboat Lotto website, www.lifeboatlotto.co.uk following the Maryport link and downloading the application form. Once completed, there is a Freepost address (no stamp required) to send the form in.
For more info please contact John Hemmingway 0786 764 1983 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.