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Posted: April 7, 2022
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Support for The RNLI is Greatly Appreciated – £6,187-50 Raised to Date

Recent support for the RNLI Penlee Branch by both Whirlwind Sports and the Cornish Pirates has been greatly appreciated.

The support was to have been linked to the Cornish Pirates versus Hartpury fixture which was unfortunately postponed on Boxing Day because of Covid. That was a real pity, because the Pirates were not only going to warm up in shirts specially designed to commemorate last December’s 40th anniversary of the Penlee Lifeboat Disaster, with two of them also put up for silent auction in hospitality, but a match day collection for the RNLI was to also take place.

Okay, not to worry, as with a will and drive it was decided to instead do the warm-up and silent auction ahead of the Cornish Pirates final home league match of the season against Ampthill last Saturday, with the collection also taking place on the day.


The response made it all worthwhile, as appreciated by RNLI Coxswain ‘Patch’ Harvey who commented:

“The team at RNLI Penlee are absolutely thrilled with the support received from Paul Billing of Whirlwind Sports, and the Cornish Pirates.

“The 40th Anniversary Solomon Browne lifeboat memorial shirts supplied by Whirlwind Sports raised £400 at the silent auction, and the bucket collection a further £787-50. 

“Our thanks go to all those who donated so generously, our crew members and volunteers who gave up their time to collect, and to the Cornish Pirates rugby team for their continued support. We are also extremely grateful for the support of Paul Billing and the team at Whirlwind Sports – community fundraising as its best!”


But the monies raised does not stop there, because Paul Billing confirmed that a cheque for £5,000 has already been presented to the RNLI in relation to the commemorative shirts sales, and with reference to the shirts worn by the Cornish Pirates players they are available to purchase now via the Whirlwind Sports website:




Paul also thanked the Cornish Pirates, saying:

“Although such a shame the event had to be postponed on Boxing Day, I think we all pulled it off on the rearranged date.

“It was an all-round fabulous effort in support of a charity that is close to the heart of us all in Cornwall.”