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Runner raises more than £2,000 for North Berwick lifeboat station

Lifeboats News Release

Judy Ross from North Berwick decided to run the Glasgow Half Marathon in October to raise funds for the volunteer RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) crew at North Berwick. This was in memory of her father who had been part of the Arctic Convoy and a keen sailor even in his 80’s.

Judy Ross presents a cheque to North Berwick volunteers

RNLI/Andy Laing

Judy Ross presents a cheque to North Berwick volunteers

Judy attended at North Berwick Lifeboat station on Remembrance Sunday to hand over the cheque for £2031.82. She said: “He spent a lot of his life on the water! Dad had an early introduction to sailing as a child and spent many summers sailing on the West Coast of Scotland. He spent most of his working life in the Merchant Navy as a Commanding Officer. He sailed on the Arctic Convoy at the age of 18 as a cadet. He was so proud to receive the arctic star, one of many medals he received.

''Approaching 80 years old, he crewed on a 40ft yacht from the Canaries to Antigua with two others. That was the just the first of his crewing adventures as an octogenarian. It therefore seemed fitting to raise money for the RNLI. The volunteers do a fantastic job giving up their own time, often putting their lives at risk in order to save others.

''I know he'd have been delighted to know that I was fundraising for the RNLI - especially for North Berwick Lifeboat Station.”

The LOM (Lifeboat Operations Manager) Ian McMinn said: “We would like to thank Judy for her tremendous efforts in running the half marathon and raising this money. Our station relies completely on donations, as do all the lifeboat stations.”

RNLI media contacts: Rhona Meikle, volunteer lifeboat press officer at North Berwick, 07767 251023,

Or Richard Smith, Public Relations Manager Scotland on 01738 642956, 07786 668903 or

Or Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026,

Or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

Key facts about the RNLI

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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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland