Longhope Lifeboat Guild raises £420.70 for the RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Island residents and visitors generously support our Mayday Appeal on Yellow Welly Day

Children throw wet sponges at the crew for the Mayday appeal.

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RNLI Longhope Lifeboat crew get a soaking

We would like to thank everyone who came down to the station, despite the cold winds, to support us and for your continual generosity. The Guild provided boxes of tasty home bakes, competitions and a raffle. The money raised will help provide the right kit to protect our volunteers which allows them to focus on saving lives at sea.

Also a special thank you to the children of North Walls School for the fantastic art work which we have called Our RNLI Family Chain and is now hanging up looking very cheerful in the lifeboat station.

The focal point of the afternoon was Soak the Crew. Well done to the kids who waited patiently to totally drench the crew and themselves with wet sponges. Particularly their playful aiming at Crew Member Ian Avis as he bravely faced the torrent without his waterproof kit and in shorts. Very amusing for spectators when the sponges were swapped for buckets of water and the hose... oh what fun we had!

Finally thank you to the loyal and hard working guild and to the crew for being such good sports.

Playful antics with hose illustrates how important the right kit is for our crew

RNLI/Mary Harris

The importance of the right kit!
Fantastic artwork created by school children for Yellow Welly Day

RNLI/Mary Harris

The RNLI Family Chain by North Walls School

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