The Kinghorn Lifeboat Open Day on Saturday was a huge success with nearly £5,000 being raised for the RNLI charity.
Good weather in Kinghorn made for a fun filled day which was attended by around 800 people. Supporters were treated to plenty of displays, stalls, beach games and attractions at the Station’s main fundraising event of the year.
The lifeboat put on two demonstrations for the assembled crowds. The first demonstration highlighted how the lifeboat deals with casualties stuck on rocks, with the assistance of RNLI Lifeguards from Fife beaches, and the second scenario showed the lifeboat picking up two casualties from the water.
The event was opened by the royal party from the town’s children’s gala, and this was followed by a spectacular display from the tug Cramond from Hound Point displaying her fire-fighting capability and manoeuvrability. Supporters were also treated to display by Newfoundland rescue dogs.
Onshore, the local Coastguard Rescue Team and Army Reserve displayed their equipment, and the Lang Toun Model Boat club demonstrated their boats. The Fire Service also popped down to visit. This was complemented by traditional stalls including home baking, plants, and lifeboat gifts.
Operations Manager, Alan McIlravie said, ‘We have had another fantastic day. The weather stayed fair, and we enjoyed great support from everyone who came along, as well as all of our volunteers who helped make the day.
‘It was great to see so many of our partner organisations at the event. Our lifeguard colleagues from local beaches were able to demonstrate their capabilities, working with our volunteer lifeboat crew.
‘Our new community Safety Officer, Sylvia Hadley was on hand to offer water safety advice.
‘The final total of nearly £5,000 is excellent. Fundraising events like the Open Day help fund the RNLI’s service; it costs nearly £460,000 per day to run the institution.’
The next fundraising event in planning will be the Big Fish Supper on 15th October.
Notes to editors
- Kinghorn lifeboat station has been operating since 1965. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/kinghorn
- Attached photos show the some of the displays and attractions from the Open Day.
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