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Rallying round to win funds for new Aberdeen inshore lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Aberdeenshire businessmen, Ian Garden of RigDeluge® and William Bird of Fennel Media, are such admirers of the lifesaving efforts of the RNLI volunteers in Aberdeen that they are leading a vital fundraising project toward the £52,000 cost of replacing Aberdeen’s Inshore Lifeboat (ILB).

Launching the appeal for a new inshore lifeboat at RNLI Aberdeen


Launching the appeal for a new inshore lifeboat at RNLI Aberdeen

“It’s the right thing for me, and our community to do,” says Ian. “Whether we’re referring to anglers, kite-surfers, families on a day out or people earning their living at sea and offshore, we all benefit from the services provided by the RNLI.

“If RNLI crews are willing to risk their lives to save ours, the least we can do as a community is to make sure they have the right equipment to undertake their invaluable services.”

In order to raise the funds, Ian and Bill have launched an on-line raffle appeal, with the four eventual winners experiencing a thrilling forest stage in the RigDeluge® sponsored team rally car, driven by local rally ace Quintin Milne, on the VIP Test Day at the Speyside Rally on Friday 21st April.

Quintin says: “High speed, lots of noise, lots of ‘opposite lock’ sideways cornering on gravel – it’s an unusual experience for many but always seems to get a great response! This is a chance for four lucky winners to experience a real slice of rallying, on a real forest stage, in an iconic, professionally prepared and driven Ford Escort Mk II rally car.”

He has already had some of the Lifeboat crew out in the rally car – and has also experienced being rescued by the Lifeboat in an exercise in Aberdeen bay: “Not only are the RNLI team members totally professional - they’re all volunteers. The local community must get behind them to ensure they have the optimum vessel and equipment to undertake the lifesaving work they do.”

The video promotion, including footage of Quintin and the RNLI crew exchanging rally and Lifeboat experiences, is available at This also leads to a JustGiving page ( where the raffle tickets can be purchased at £5 each, for the chance to win one of the four prize rally trips.

Ian continues: “Aberdeen needs this vital lifesaving equipment for our city, so Google it, check out the video and, above all, BUY TICKETS to support the RNLI and win the chance of the rallying thrill of a lifetime.”

Davie Orr, Coxswain of the Aberdeen Lifeboat, says: “Every penny raised in this raffle will go towards the RNLI’s lifesaving services in Aberdeen. The RNLI is hugely grateful to Ian Garden of RigDeluge®, William Bird of Fennel Media and Quintin Milne for leading the community in this important fundraising and lifesaving initiative.”

Further information from:

For RNLI (including requests for TV/Radio interview facilitation): Terry McNeill, Volunteer Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer, Aberdeen. Tel 01651 843225 (H) or 07941 329798 (M). Email


For RigDeluge®: Rachel Creegan, Managing Director, thinkPR, Tel 01224 623960 //

Key facts about Aberdeen’s Lifeboats and the RNLI

Aberdeen Lifeboat Station is one of Scotland’s busiest. Crews were called out on some 50 rescues in 2016, the Station’s busiest year on record.

The current Aberdeen Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) was new in 2008, so will have seen 10 years’ service in Aberdeen when it is replaced in 2018.

The new ILB, like the craft it will replace, will be a highly-manoeuvrable ‘D’ Class inflatable, especially suited to search and rescue activity close inshore and in surf conditions. The ‘D’ Class is 5m long, has a crew of 3 people, 3 hours’ endurance and can reach its assigned search area at a speed of 25 knots.

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 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 100 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK.

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 137,000 lives. The RNLI is a charity registered in England, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.

Terry McNeill

Volunteer Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer, Aberdeen
Tel 01651 843225 (H) or 07941 329798 (M)


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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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland