Berwick RNLI's amazing Ladies Guild
The Berwick RNLI Ladies Guild held their AGM on Thursday evening 6th April.
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.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.