Proudly located on the Isle of Man, the birthplace of the RNLI, Manx producer The Fynoderee Distillery has announced that it is partnering with the RNLI charity to raise funds with a special ‘Coastal Collection of Spirits’ to mark the organisation’s 200th anniversary.
2024 will see the RNLI commemorate 200 years of saving lives across the British Isles and Ireland, and the Manx distillery is delighted to be working with local volunteers to shine a light on the pivotal role the Island played in the origins of one of the UK’s most respected and beloved institutions.
Positioned centrally in the Irish Sea, the Isle of Man has a tremendous seafaring history, boasting many famous mariners such as Captain John Quilliam (HMS Victory).
It was on the Isle of Man in 1824 that philanthropist, Sir William Hillary, was inspired to create what was originally known as the National Institution of the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck after witnessing devastating scenes from his home in Douglas overlooking the then dangerous island coastline for mariners.
The Isle of Man now has five lifeboat stations saving lives in the Irish Sea, and Sir William Hillary’s institution went on to become the RNLI as we know it today, with its 238 lifeboat stations that operate around the UK and Ireland.
For the build-up to the 2024 anniversary, the multi-award-winning Fynoderee Distillery has launched a special RNLI Edition Manx Dry Gin, available online from the distillery’s website (www.fynoderee.com).
It will be following this up in the 200th year itself with the release of a limited edition organic Manx Rum that will have spent more than a year continuing to barrel age within the historic “Tower of Refuge”, a monument to Sir William Hillary situated in Douglas Bay. (Subject to final approvals)
Fynoderee Distillery co-founder, Tiffany Kerruish, explained the origins of the new RNLI-inspired spirit:
“The idea to produce commemorative spirits came from members of RNLI Ramsey, our local lifeboat station. We recognised the unique provenance and potential to not only generate substantial funds for the RNLI for the historic anniversary but also provide the perfect tipples for raising a glass to all those who have saved lives at sea over the generations and continue to do so.”
Dani Beckett, RNLI Community Manager for the Isle of Man says:
‘The Isle of Man is the home of the RNLI and we’re incredibly proud to be celebrating our heritage with this exciting partnership. As we gear up to celebrate 200 years of saving lives at sea, we’re keen to mark our Manx heritage in many different ways and this partnership marks the beginning of a packed calendar of events. We are incredibly grateful to Fynoderee for their support.’
The RNLI will receive 9% of the sale price on every bottle sold by The Fynoderee Distillery.
Head to fynoderee.com/RNLI200 to order Fynoderee Manx Dry Gin – RNLI Edition, as well as learn about the distillery’s commemorative rum.