It was a fishy affair at Fred. Olsen House last week as guests and crew aboard its ships, and the teams at its Suffolk-based headquarters, united in support of the RNLI’s annual ‘Fish Supper’ campaign, raising over £1,400.
Guests on board the company’s ocean ships Balmoral and Black Watch enjoyed a sumptuous five-course dinner in the ships’ specialty restaurants, The Grill and the Black Watch Room. It followed the sale of raffle tickets, in which places at the exclusive Fish Supper dinner could be won, which raised £1,185.
Meanwhile, at the company’s headquarters in Ipswich, Suffolk, Fred. Olsen Limited and Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines staff enjoyed a ‘fish and chip’ lunch delivered to the office, with support from Friday’s chip shop in Meredith Road, adding more than £270 to the total.
The RNLI’s ‘Fish Supper’ campaign encourages people to get together with friends, family or their local communities, to have fun and enjoy a fish-themed dish to support the charity’s lifesaving work.
Thomas Rennesland, Hotel Operations Director at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:
“It was great fun to be able to support the RNLI’s Fish Supper in this way. Our guests on board always get behind our fundraising initiatives, and this event was certainly no exception. With only a limited number of tables available, tickets were in high demand!
“Of course, the teams here at our head office enjoyed their fish and chip lunch, too. There was a real buzz here in the office last week.
“To be able to have fun and enjoy good food, whilst at the same time raising vital funds for such an important cause, is a real ‘win, win’.”
Alice Dewsnap-Smith, Corporate Manager for the RNLI, said:
“Once again, we have been overwhelmed by the support of Fred. Olsen staff and their guests for our Fish Supper campaign. We’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who went along to the events and donated.
“Every penny raised when you host a Fish Supper supports all aspects of our lifesaving work providing vital crew kit, fuel for lifeboats and essential training.”
Fred. Olsen Cruise Line operates in the UK with four intimately sized ships for a more personal cruising experience.