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Launch of new jewellery range to support lifeboat fundraising

Lifeboats News Release

The Stromness Ladies Lifeboat Guild have teamed up with local Jeweller, Zoe Davidson, creating a new jewellery collection called 'Saltaire', inspired by Orkney's RNLI lifeboats and its volunteers.

Zoe Davidson (L) and Bella Wishart

RNLI/David Bowdler

Zoe Davidson (L) with Bella Wishart of the Stromness Ladies Lifeboat Guild

Saltaire was Orkney's first lifeboat, launched in Stromness 150 years ago.

10% of the income from Zoe's new 'Saltaire' range will be donated to the RNLI. These funds will be used to purchase life saving equipment and help to train volunteer crews.

Zoe and her family sail, scuba dive and fish in Orkney waters. Zoe's mother Debbie survived a sinking of a boat at sea, so it is a huge comfort to the family to know that lifeboats will launch when needed.

Zoe designs and produces jewellery in her small Stromness studio, creating items both unique and sculptural. Her work is currently displayed in various local shops such as Artworks of the Earth, the Pier Arts Centre and Scapa Scuba, as well as Judith Glue and Ortak Galleries in Kirkwall. Zoe is also on the Orkney Craft Trail.

Visitors are welcome to pop along to her workshop contacting her in advance on +44(0)7730893625. Her work is also available online at:

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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