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Betty’s 5p pots are a jammy idea for the RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Betty Bayliss, a volunteer fundraiser for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is sending out an SOS for your empty jam jars, so they can be re-labelled as mini collection pots for people’s loose change.

Betty is appealing to local cafes, B&Bs and hotels, or anyone who uses the small pots, to keep them aside so that they can be collected by the Friends of Whitby Lifeboat volunteer fundraisers, cleaned, and re-labelled.

The pots will then be given out to anyone who is willing to save up their 5ps for a good cause. The RNLI rely on donations to pay for vital training and equipment for their volunteer crews.

Betty, who is Vice Chair of the Friends of Whitby Lifeboat, said “I’ve had some great support from local businesses so far, but due to high demand my jam jars are already in short supply. We would be very grateful if anyone could donate some empty jam jars to the appeal. The fundraising idea not only raises money for the lifeboat but it also promotes recycling.”

She added “Don’t throw them in the bin - they are helping to save lives!”

The idea for Betty’s 5p Pots first came from Betty Frith, who was the Honorary Treasurer for over 20 years at the Hertford branch of the (RNLI). Sadly Mrs Frith passed away, but Betty Bayliss is hoping to continue her legacy and introduce the idea here in Whitby.

For collection of the pots please contact Whitby Lifeboat station on 01947 602216 or alternatively you can drop them off at the station which is by the Fish Pier.

Photo: Betty Bayliss, Vice Chair of the Friends of Whitby Lifeboat, feeds Mike Russell, Coxswain of Whitby Lifeboat, some raspberry jam so she can collect the empty pot for her Betty’s 5p Pots Appeal, with fundraiser Maria Taylor. Credit: Ceri Oakes/RNLI

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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.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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