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Bundoran RNLI warn of bogus collector

A collector in official RNLI clothing.

BUNDORAN RNLI Lifeboat are today (Monday), November 19, warning members of the public to be aware of a man dressed in a Santa suit claiming to be doing a collection on behalf of the organisation in the local area.

Members of the voluntary organisation were made aware of the character on Sunday evening after a member of the public said that he had called to his house in the West End of the seaside resort.

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The Gardai were immediately notified and an alert issued to the public via the lifeboat station’s social media pages.

Volunteer Fundraiser for Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat, Cormac McGurren said: “This news is particularly disturbing in this day and age and we would encourage anybody who is approached by this man to refuse to hand over any money to him and report him immediately to the local Gardai.

“Members of the RNLI doing any collection will always be carrying official RNLI branded buckets and wearing official clothing. We will shortly commence selling tickets for our annual dinner dance at the start of February but I can confirm that we currently have no collections operating in the Bundoran & Ballyshannon area.”

Lifeboat Press Officer Shane Smyth added: “The RNLI is a very respected and trusted organisation in the area and we are constantly relying on the generosity of locals to keep the service funded year round so that we can save lives at sea. An incident such as this is particularly unhelpful and we would ask people to be vigilant.”

The funeral took place on Friday last of Pat Heaney, a key founder of RNLI services in Lough Swilly

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