RNLI Longhope Lifeboat Guild raises £449.25 on Yellow Welly Day
Although rather cool and breezy, we were lucky the sun shone brightly down on the lifeboat station for this year's RNLI Mayday Appeal.
RNLI Longhope Lifeboat Guild were delighted to announce that they raised £449.25 on Sunday 1 May 2016. The station was bulging with home bakes, raffles, quizzes, games, knitted yellow bootees full of treats, RNLI souvenirs and second-hand books.
North Walls School children produced some excellent lifeboat themed artwork in the form of bunting which really brightened up the station. Also children in the YM Craft Club made paper flowers, birds and butterflies which looked splendid displayed in a line-up of old yellow wellies in front of the station.
However, for the children, the most popular event was chucking large wet sponges at members of the lifeboat crew. Despite the crew being fully clad in their lifeboat gear, the children managed to thoroughly drench them. It livened up even more when the sponges were thrown back by the crew and the children squealed to dodge the soggy missiles. In the end I think some of the children forgot the sponges and just threw the buckets of water! Afterwards, Deputy Coxswain Angus Budge said: 'We're used to getting wet but this was great fun, the children were excellent shots.'
Many thanks to the Guild for organising this event, the bakers, craft-makers, knitters, stall holders etc, the children for their superb artwork, the crew for being such good sports and most importantly, a special thank you to the folk who came down to the station to support us. Thank you again for making it possible for the RNLI to help save lives at sea.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.