Senior Golfers Society donate vital funds to local Lifeboat Station

Lifeboats News Release

A group of Seniors who have a passion for golf donate to Invergordon Lifeboat Station as the 2017 golf season draws to a close.

Nigel Baird from The RSSGS presenting £500 to Invergordon RNLI

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Nigel Baird from The RSSGS presenting £500 to Invergordon RNLI
Nigel Baird from Ross & Sutherland Golfers Society (RSSGS) presented a cheque for £500 to Coxswain Andrew Murray and the Volunteer crew of Invergordon Lifeboat Station after a successful Golf season running from April to October drew to a close.

Nigel advised the object of the Society is for the enjoyment of its members and also to donate surplus funds to charity at the close of each year and the RNLI was chosen a one of the charities to receive this year.

On receiving the cheque Andrew Murray thanked Nigel and expressed thanks to all members in the society for their kind gesture, and advised on what the funds could be used for as the RNLI relies on donations and fundraising to operate and run a 24-hour search and rescue service from 238 lifeboat stations around the UK and Ireland.

Nigel was given a tour of the Lifeboat Station and around the Trent Class Lifeboat ‘RNLB Douglas Aikman Smith’ to which the crew explained the equipment on board the Lifeboat, its purpose and use.

Coxswain Andrew Murray advised “We are very grateful to Nigel and the other members of The Ross & Sutherland Golfers Society for this generous amount, which will help the RNLI, and we look forward to seeing them on the golf course soon”

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