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Newbiggin Christmas Fair Success

Lifeboats News Release

The sunny and cold weather on the north east coast today did not deter the many supporters we had at our annual Christmas fair which took place in the boathouse.

RNLI/Richard Martin

Santa's Little Helpers at Newbiggin
Hot drinks and cake all round, along with the tombola, bric-a-brac sale were very popular and promenade collections with the furry team of 'Santa's Little Helpers' brought a unique approach for donations on the busy afternoon. Many thanks to everyone who supported the Newbiggin Lifeboat Fundraising team on the day as well as those who donated and baked for the event. After counting up today over £1000 was raised with further money still to come in. The Christmas raffle was also a great success and whilst a few of the prizes have been claimed further details of the winners are posted outside the boathouse and in local shops.

The final fundraiser for 2017 is the Boxing Day Dip on 26th December, registration before 10.30am ready for the Dip at 11am. People raising funds for other charities are welcome to take part in our event. For more details and how to get a registration form, please contact 01670 817320 or email Further information on this event will be advertised early in December.

Brisk trade as the successful day comes to an end

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin Christmas Fair

RNLI/Richard Martin

Newbiggin Christmas Fair

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