18th Jan 2017
Fish City Belfast is sharing their new year’s resolution by launching a fundraising programme to support their title charity the RNLI, while raising the sum of £1,569. This will go to covering the cost of training a much needed new crew member at Kilkeel lifeboat station in County Down, ultimately supporting their local community on a daily basis.
Located in Ann Street in the heart of Belfast, the award-winning fish & chip restaurant with takeaway, is also the first fish and chip restaurant in Ireland to obtain stewardship certification of the Marine Stewardship Council and first in the United Kingdom to become a member of the Marine Conservation Society; is supporting the charity which saves lives at sea. Since opening its first outlet in the city centre during the summer of last year they have been developing their partnership with the aim to do something big this year.
With a unique and contemporary setting, Fish City focuses on serving the best fish and chips in the country and sourcing local produce where possible, including gluten free and vegetarian options. With three top UK awards under his belt, Fish City owner John Lavery said, “It is important for us to support a charity such as the RNLI as the work its volunteers do is incredible, protecting our coastline and inland waters by providing a rescue service, safety education, supervision and influence. We feel it is important to spread the message on just how much work and time RNLI volunteers commit to training which is why we will be helping them to raise £1,569.
“This is what it costs to train an individual crew member annually, providing them with the necessary skills so they can help someone in difficulty when in the sea. Our coastlines are used by so many during the spring and summer months that our RNLI volunteers are regularly called to help someone in distress.
“Fishing around our coastline can be a challenging task, particularly with our weather conditions. The RNLI provides incredible support to our fisherman at sea and an essential community support link needed in any harbour setting, as many of the volunteers are from the coastline towns.
“Last year, we supported the RNLI in raising £230 for their Flag Day event, which we held at the restaurant. Fish City’s ethos is built firmly on the sustainability and provenance of all our seafood. We also believe in looking after those who work on our seas.”
In 2015, Kilkeel RNLI launched its inshore lifeboat 14 times, bringing 12 people to safety.
Nicola Kelly, RNLI Community Fundraising Manager said: ‘As a charity, whether it’s volunteering your time, raising money or supporting us in other ways, the RNLI relies on the public’s generosity to save lives at sea. We are grateful to all at Fish City for pledging their support for a programme of events to raise funds to train a crew member at Kilkeel RNLI.’
Among those activities, Fish City will place collection tins in store with 100% of the funds going straight to RNLI. Together, they will be holding seasonal quiz nights in Fish City’s ‘Fisherman’s Hut’, which will be open for all levels of quiz enthusiasts to enjoy. Details of this can be sourced on Fish City’s website.
There will be street collections during April and May in 2017 including many more opportunities to donate. Make sure to stop by and say hello and have your photo taken with ‘Stormy Stan’, RNLI’s very own mascot. Fish City will also be running competitions for the best photograph posted on Facebook! For additional information on RNLI fund raising events or Fish City’s healthy options menus, go to @fishcitybelfast or www.fish-city.com