David Hastings

Location: Chester le Street, County Durham
About the Speaker...

Enthusiastic, passionate and knowledgeable, David is a multi award winning charity fundraiser and brings over 45 years of RNLI fundraising experience.

David is the long serving Hon. Secretary of the Durham Branch of the RNLI, a small but highly effective, award-winning, inland fundraising Branch, based in the City of Durham, which organises fundraising events and activities in the Durham, Washington and Newcastle areas.

David has given over 290 community presentations so far, to a wide variety of audiences, including Rotary Clubs, WI’s, U3A Clubs, Church Groups, Men’s Forums and Health Support Groups.

David has organised over 650 RNLI fundraising events and activities in the last 22 years, which have contributed to Durham Branch raising over £450,000 for the RNLI in that time.

In the 2017 National Fundraising Awards (which cover the whole of the charity and voluntary sectors across the whole country) David was one of four shortlisted nominees by the Institute of Fundraising (IoF) for the “Best Volunteer Fundraiser” award.

In the 2019 North East Charity Awards, the North East business and charity communities voted David to receive the “Volunteer Of The Year” award.

About his talks...

Presentations can be given by Zoom anywhere in the country, or face to face within a 30 mile radius of Chester le Street, County Durham (this includes south Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and north County Durham).
Presentations use Powerpoint, videos and a professional sound system. I provide all my own equipment including screen.
The length of the presentations can be tailored to the Speaker Secretary’s requirements.

I am often available at short notice.


I don’t charge any fee or expenses but any donations to the RNLI, if considered appropriate, are always very welcome. www.SavingLivesAtSea.com

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“Wooden Boats And Iron Men”

How tragedy, bravery and generosity have shaped the RNLI to what it is today!

This talk is an inspirational history of lifesaving at sea and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution from 1790 to the present day and how volunteers have braved all weathers and shown immense courage to save over 141,000 lives.

The talk can be adapted in length to suit your meeting needs.



“True Heroes Of The Sea”

Uplifting stories of Lifeboat People, Lifeboats and Rescues At Sea over the last 200 years.

Amazing stories of courage, endurance and bravery highlighting the RNLI volunteers who go to sea to help complete strangers in trouble, often in appalling conditions and when everyone else is running for shelter.

The talk can be adapted in length to suit your meeting needs.

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