Following the launch of the charity’s new Shannon-class lifeboat at the weekend, local solar PV experts SunGift Solar have pledged to donate £50 to the charity for every system ordered this month.

“As a local company, we were full of admiration for those who helped raise £150,000 towards the new lifeboat, and we want to do our bit to help too,” said Ellen Rodger, director at SunGift Solar. “The RNLI team in Exmouth does marvellous work – saving lives at sea – and we’re fortunate that we have such a dedicated team of volunteers in this area to respond to emergencies.”

“Nature is extremely powerful,” added Ellen. “While bad weather can cause incidents at sea, resulting in emergency situations for the RNLI, it can also be an extremely positive source, helping generate clean renewable energy. We’ve been helping our customers lower their electricity bills and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels for years, so we’re delighted that our work can benefit the RNLI too.”

92 per cent of the RNLI’s funding comes from donations. In addition to helping purchase new lifeboats, funds go towards paying for the specialist training that empowers crew members to make fast decisions in extreme conditions.

Steve Hockings-Thompson, Coxswain at Exmouth RNLI, said:

“We’re extremely grateful to the local community for helping us reach our target for the new lifeboat. Nevertheless, our fundraising efforts must carry on so that we can continue to improve our lifesaving facilities, provide high-quality kit that our crews can count on, and deliver constant training for them. SunGift is a great example of a local business that is helping to make this possible.”

To enquire about a solar PV system from SunGift Solar, visit or call 01392 213912. SunGift will arrange for one of their specialists to come out and survey your property and then provide you with a quote for a system. For every system that is accepted from SunGift during May the company will donate £50 to the RNLI.

By SunGift Solar