A couple of local businesses in Penarth have teamed together to help Penarth RNLI commemorate their 40th anniversary with the launch of a limited edition RNLI Penarth Gin.
Gin 64 and the Yellow Welly Gin Club collaborated to produce the gin to celebrate the 40 years since the reopening of the RNLI in the town. The triple-distilled, Welsh dry gin will be sold online directly to the public with £5 from each sale going directly to the funds of the Penarth lifeboat station.
Penarth’s affiliation with the RNLI first started in 1861, however, in 1905 the station was closed. Following a highly successful public campaign, an RNLI station was re-established in 1980 and has remained ever since.
Rod Hill, an RNLI deputy launching authority at the station and one of the founders of the Yellow Welly Gin Club said:
"We are so grateful to Gin 64 for working with us to launch this product. Our station’s fundraising ability has really taken a hit under the COVID-19 crisis, and we hope this promotion will help us raise much-needed funds. Throughout lockdown, our lifeboats have remained operational, with volunteer crew members ready to launch at a moment’s notice. However, our usual fundraising activities, like the shop and branch events, have completely stopped."
RNLI Penarth Gin was described by Gin 64 director Jacques Aviles as a premium, triple distilled Welsh dry gin, naturally prominent with notes of juniper, liquorice, cardamom citrus, orris root and paradise.
Rod Hill continued:
"As a local company, and proud member of the Penarth community we wanted to show our support for the RNLI station and the invaluable work they do”, said Gin 64 director David Cole.
Celebrating the launch of gin Jason Dunlop, the current lifeboat operations manager said:
"The community of Penarth support the lifeboats by providing volunteers, funds, and ongoing support, and now ……gin!
"What better way to celebrate the station’s 40 year anniversary than with a glass of RNLI Penarth gin?? This initiative will really help us at a time when charitable donations have hit an all-time low and I, and the crew, are really grateful for Gin 64 and the Yellow Welly Gin Club’s ongoing support."