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Old Quids for New Kit for Arran RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Arran RNLI has launched a new fundraising campaign with the assistance of Calmac in Brodick.

On October 15th the ‘old’ £1 coins we all know and love will cease to become legal tender, however the crew at Arran RNLI have come up with a great idea for those unsure of how to make good use of these doomed coins. By donating them to the station!

The Arran RNLI crew will be present at the ferry terminal throughout the day every Saturday between now and October 14th so if you see the crew please don’t be shy and throw your old £1 coins into their yellow wellies (other denominations also gladly accepted!). Also if you miss the crew don’t worry there will be a yellow welly on display in the terminal building for donations.

Arran RNLI helm Tim Crockett said “With the old £1 coins going out of circulation we thought it was an ideal time to put some of these coins to good use for a great cause. We would like to thank everyone at Colin McCourt and all of the staff at Calmac, those who have already donated and everyone who we hope will donate in future for their support, every penny, or pound in this case, really does help. A special thanks also goes out to Carol and Liz from ‘the big co’ for their extremely generous donation.”

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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.

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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