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Berwick RNLI's amazing Ladies Guild

Lifeboats News Release

The Berwick RNLI Ladies Guild held their AGM on Thursday evening 6th April.

Berwick RNLI Ladies Guild

RNLI/Hazel Bettison

Amazing Ladies

The proceedings opened with the President of the Ladies Guild Lady Rose Crossman thanking all the ladies for tirelessly fund raising since the last AGM, commenting on how we are so fortunate to have an RNLI crew 24 hours an day 7 days a week who save lives at sea in Berwick.

The Committee was voted back in on block proposed by the President of Berwick RNLI Ian Hay and seconded by Press & Education Officer Hazel Bettison. This year’s officers were voted in, Chairman Linda Miller, Secretary Michelle Benton, Treasurer Joyce Ross & Souvenir Secretary Mau Watkins.

Second Coxswain Robert Frost gave a report on the Service Calls and Exercises since the last AGM. For the all-weather boat there had been a total of 42 exercises with 11 service calls, the inshore boat a total of 35 exercises and 15 service calls. He said: ‘Everyone at Berwick lifeboat station cannot thank you amazing ladies. As the Ladies Lifeboat Guild you raise funds so that we can go equipped with the best possible equipment to save lives at sea, it’s a pleasure to give the vote of thanks to you all.’

The ladies discussed how, although they try to have an event every month since January, they face a bigger challenge this year due to no longer holding an annual house to house collection, which has been one of the biggest fund raisers.

The Annual Lifeboat Fete this year will be held on August 20th, where already stall holders are booking up. This year they are going to try a new fund raiser, this will be a Silent Auction on Saturday the 13th May in the Watch Tower Gallery, West End Tweedmouth 7-10pm, price of the ticket £5 per head, with drink and canapés on arrival, which can be obtained from the Linda at the Cobbled Yard or at Berwick Lifeboat Station. Everyone is welcome, to come and support those who volunteer and risk their lives to save lives at sea.

Poster Silent Auction

RNLI/Hazel Bettison

Silent Auction

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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