TAQA’s Fish Supper sees lifeboat mascot Stormy Stan feeling 'just chipper'!
Lifeboat mascot ‘Stormy Stan’ made a surprise appearance at energy company TAQA’s staff restaurant in Westhill to thank staff for supporting the charity that saves lives at sea by holding a ‘Fish Supper Fundraiser’ as part of the RNLI’s national campaign
TAQA employees have voted to adopt the RNLI as one of their two Charities of the Year to be supported by staff fundraising initiative.
Offshore staff, too, joined in the fun: Fish Supper Friday was celebrated on board each of TAQA’s 5 UK offshore installations, bringing further valuable funds to the local charities.
Andy Smith, technical safety engineer (pictured), had to fight off the marauding mascot to enjoy his lunch in peace.
Andy Smith says: ‘It certainly lightened up lunchtime! Great to be supporting a fantastic charity of volunteers, all dedicated to saving lives at sea’.
Chef Manager Brian Reid reported that over 120 fish suppers were sold in the onshore restaurant alone, with all the proceeds – and many donations besides – going to TAQA’s adopted local charities.
After tucking into his own fine feed of fish, the larger-than-life Stormy Stan announced he was ‘feeling chipper’ before resuming his round of socialising with staff and the catering team.
Margaret Farquhar CBE, former Lord Provost of Aberdeen and now Chair of Aberdeen Branch of the RNLI says: “We’re hugely grateful to TAQA – and to the many other businesses and individuals who are hosting Fish Suppers to raise funds for the RNLI this October. It is the generosity of our community which enables Aberdeen’s volunteer crews to keep our lifeboats available for rescue work in all weathers, day and night, 365 days a year. Thank you so much.”
Key facts about the RNLI
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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. 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 142,700 lives.