Events help keep RNLI afloat

By Abby Rugg

Published on Monday, January 28, 2013 - 11:30


Events help keep RNLI afloat

Cowes RNLI SOS Open Day. Left Bobby Stone and Peter Henry, both eight. Picture by Jennifer Burton.

HAGGIS, soup and life saving demonstrations were enjoyed by many for the RNLI's SOS Day this weekend.

A traditional Burns’ Night supper held in aid of Yarmouth RNLI at the Royal Solent Yacht Club on Friday helped raise £600.

More than 60 people attended and organiser David Fox said he was pleased with the turnout for the fourth annual event, which featured the Address to a Haggis, a Toast to the Lassies and a Reply to the Toast of the Lassies, given by David Porter, David Lindsay and Theresa Fox.

Traditional Scottish dancing followed the supper.

Cowes lifeboat station opened its doors to the public to mark the event on Saturday, when spectators lining The Parade, were able to watch man overboard demonstrations.

It involved the station's lifeboat, Atlantic 85 RIB Sheena Louise, and crew members Shellby Collins and Andrea Vaughan took turns to jump into the icy sea to be rescued.

A total of £873 was raised — £423 from events at the lifeboat station and £450 from local guild members and Fran Bracken, owner of Murrays Restaurant, who served coffee, cake and soup throughout the day.

Other activities included knot-tying demonstrations by crew member Richard Parr, talks about the station site's long history as a local base for HM Customs, station tours by volunteers, games and activities for all ages, a raffle and a cake sale by 2nd Cowes St Mary's Sea Scout Cub pack.

Bembridge RNLI also hosted its fifth Sip Our Soup fundraiser on Saturday where soup and other refreshments were served for visitors, who were also allowed to board a lifeboat.

A total of £667 was raised through donations and John Gulliver, chairman of the Bembridge Guild said: "The day was a chance for people to see what the RNLI does. It really helps towards the £400,000 raised everyday to keep the system going."



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