Fleetwood RNLI launch new fundraising initiative
The fundraising team at RNLI Fleetwood, have joined an initiative to raise funds out of mini jam jars and 5p pieces.
Named ‘Betty’s 5p pots’ after Betty Frith who started the scheme at RNLI Hertford, the simple idea is to use recycled mini jam jars, which people fill with 5p pieces and once full, return to the local RNLI shop at Fleetwood.
Over 80 were handed out on Fleetwood Lifeboat Day and the scheme has already raised over £70, before the scheme was even launched.
Lynda Woodhouse, Chairman Fleetwood RNLI Finance Branch said, ‘The simplest ideas are best. These mini jars were being thrown into the recycling bin by hotels and cafes, so are readily available. They hold around £2 when full. This is a great way for our smallest coin to make a huge difference with donations to the RNLI. If any cafes or shops want to help distribute them for us, contact us at the RNLI shop.’
As always, support from the local community is vital and this campaign has received amazing support from The North Euston Hotel, Second Chapter Book Store and Costa Coffee, who supplied the mini jam jars.
The mini jam jars, complete with RNLI labelling, can be collected at the RNLI shop or The Ferry Café, Fleetwood, next to the lifeboat station and returned there when full. They’ll empty it and hand the jar back to you, to continue your fantastic contributions to the RNLI.
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, in a normal year, 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.