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RNLI Longhope Lifeboat Guild raises £449.25 on Yellow Welly Day

Lifeboats News Release

Although rather cool and breezy, we were lucky the sun shone brightly down on the lifeboat station for this year's RNLI Mayday Appeal.

​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.

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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