Posted: 13 July 2017

Support for RNLI Dart by Mitch Tonks & the diners at Rockfish

Photo: John Fenton RNLI Dart Lifeboat Press Officer
Jake Moores receives the cheqe from Mitch Tonks

This summer has seen a magnificent increase in the funds raised locally for the RNLI and the Dart lifeboat in particular.

Dart RNLI has had plenty to celebrate recently, including a £14,181 donation from Mitch Tonks and diners at his Rockfish seafood restaurant in Dartmouth. This sum alone will cover nearly 40 per cent of the current year's overall operational running costs of the lifeboat station.

Rockfish has been open in Dartmouth for six years and the restaurant is next door to the more recently opened RNLI Visitor Centre on the South Embankment. Diners are asked if they would like to add £1 to their bill for the charity and Mitch Tonks then supplements this.

The other Rockfish restaurants are in Brixham, Torquay, Plymouth and most recently Exmouth. He
supports local community benefiting charities through each of them.

The celebrity chef has specified that £2,000 of the donation will be specifically set aside to help develop a new website for the lifeboat station. By this November, the station will have been operational for 10 years and the website sets out the history of the station and details of every one of the 300-or-so lifeboat launches.

Station address

RNLI Dart Lifeboat Station
Coronation Park
North Embankment
Devon TQ6 9RR

Contacting the Station

The station is unmanned. Find contact details for each member of the RNLI Dart team here.

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Visitor Centre address

RNLI Visitor Centre
9 South Embankment (Ground Floor)
Devon TQ6 9BH

Visitor Centre phone number

01803 832423

Visitor Centre opening hours

The shop is now open from 11am to 3pm. on Monday, Thursday and Saturday and from 11am to 1pm on Tuesday and Wednesdays. After closing on Saturday 4 December the VC will be closed until the start of half term week in Feb 2022.

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