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Private whisky collection raises over £8,000 at auction for the RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

A private collection of 200 bottles of blended and malt whiskies went under the hammer at Dingwall and Highland Marts last Friday (2 September) and raised £8,176 for Kessock lifeboat volunteers.

The collection belonged to Robbie Gordon Munro, a Royal Naval Veteran from Contin who started collecting the bottles in 2009 after he and his brother went on the Malt Whisky Trail, buying a bottle at each distillery they visited. The collection grew and grew from there.

Before too long the collection was too big to keep in the house, it outgrew his dad’s storage at his shop. People started giving Robbie bottles of whisky as Christmas and birthday presents.

Robbie decided to donate proceeds of the sale to the RNLI at Kessock because of his connections with the sea, saying ‘RNLI volunteers are unsung heroes, giving up so much of their time. Often giving up your time as they do is more valuable than anything else. That’s why I decided to donate the proceeds of this sale to Kessock Lifeboat’

Recognising that the RNLI is a charity that receives no Government funding, auctioneer Grant MacPherson of Frasers Auction House significantly reduced their commission of the sale adding to the total raised by the whisky.

Dan Holland, a volunteer helmsman at Kessock said ‘When we heard about this auction we had no idea how much it might raise. But to raise over £8,000 is incredible. This will make a significant difference to helping save lives on the water around The Beauly and Moray Firths. As a crew, we’re very grateful to Robbie for this very generous donation’


Notes to Editors

• Details for attached pictures.
1. Whisky collection – shows some of the lots during the auction. Credit: RNLI
2. Fundraisers: Fundraisers from the Inverness and North Kessock Branch of the RNLI at the sale. L to R. Fiona Jack, Jackie Heation, Chairman Alison Marr, Robbie Munro, his mother Nicola Munro and Margaret Thomson. Credit: RNLI

• The RNLI recently launched its biggest water safety campaign in its history. Respect The Water aims to reduce the number of coastal drowning’s around the UK and Ireland by 2014. Full information here:

Media contacts:

Dan Holland, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, RNLI Kessock, 07900 567 496

Richard Smith, RNLI Public Relations Manager for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07786 668903,

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

RNLI 24 hour Press Office, 01202 336789

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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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