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Two Buckie RNLI crew have been lending a fellow national charity a helping hand

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer Buckie lifeboat crewmembers – Elaine Mair (45) and Gil Sutherland (39) – appeared in the most recent edition of the Scottish Women's Institute magazine Women Together, which was not only celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8 but the institute’s centenary year.

Buckie's Gil Sutherland and Elaine Mair


Buckie's Gil Sutherland and Elaine Mair

The two women, who are both from Findochty and work at Seafield Vet’s Practice in Buckie, formed part of a special feature throwing the spotlight on women who were doing jobs that would have been unthinkable when the SWI was formed in 1917.

The arrival of the magazine hot off the press has left the duo more than impressed with the end result.

They said: “We’re delighted that we were able to be part of something which has raised the profile of RNLI lifeboats and the other emergency services.

“The feature was an excellent chance to shine a light on what we do while helping a long-standing organisation celebrate two important events.”

Ms Mair and Ms Sutherland joined the Buckie RNLI crew last June after spending six years with the town’s Coastguard team. Both the working atmosphere and the many opportunities available to all crew members has made a huge impression on them.

Also delighted at the RNLI’s involvement were Buckie RNLI’s lifeboat operations manager Joe Herd and coxswain Alan Robertson.

Mr Herd said: “It was a great honour for Buckie RNLI to be asked to participate in the SWI’s landmark centenary celebrations as well as honouring Women’s Day.

“This was something which came right out of the blue for us all and both Elaine and Gil were more than happy to share their experiences during their time with the crew.

“We hope people will enjoy reading their account and be inspired by what they and all of our volunteer crew do every day.”

Mr Robertson added: “Being asked to take part in something like this is a major boost for the crew and the station as a whole.

“It’s obviously very heartening to see that being part of the volunteer Buckie RNLI crew is such a positive experience.

“We’re always keen to hear from people who think they’d like to join the team – pop along to one of our training sessions on a Thursday evening or Sunday morning for an informal chat. You’ll be made most welcome.”

Buckie RNLI relies entirely on public donations to continue their life-saving 24/7 maritime search and rescue role.

Buckie RNLI lifeboats have operated from the town since 1860.

Photo caption – Gil Sutherland (left) and Elaine Mair.

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