Bright ideas needed for Go Orange Day

By Martin Neville

Thursday, January 9, 2014


Bright ideas needed for Go Orange Day

Go Orange Day 2011. Free oranges on offer at Hovertravel. Gary Spearman and Andy Parnell. Picture by Laura Holme.

AN ORANGE alert has been issued by three independent lifeboat crews on the Isle of Wight.

Crews from Sandown and Shanklin Independent Lifeboat, Ryde Rescue and Freshwater Lifeboat will join forces on Go Orange Day on February 21 to raise awareness for independent lifeboat stations.

All three are independent stations, relying on donations and charity to continue the valuable work they carry out in the waters around the IW.

Often the independent lifeboats are confused with the work carried out by the RNLI so February 21 has been pencilled in to raise awareness of the independents.

The crews, all volunteers who give their time and effort for nothing, want Island businesses, schools and even individuals to come up with zany ideas to help keep them afloat.

They suggest:

Dying your hair orange.

Sponsoring someone to sit in a bath of 'orange’ baked beans.

Get your business or school to wear an orange piece of clothing for the day.

Hold a coffee and cake morning.

Wear an orange ribbon in support.

Arrange a collection for your local independent lifeboat.

Mark Birch, operations manager of Sandown and Shanklin Independent Lifeboat, said: "We want everyone to know we are independent and need funding to keep going.

"If you visit the coast for a day out or holiday you never know when you may have to call on lifeboat volunteers, so to ensure they are there please show your support."

Anyone who would like to get involved can contact Barry or Judy on 401791 or 07821 854882.



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