Record amount raised at Filey Lifeboat weekend.
Filey RNLI Lifeboat weekend has been hailed an astounding success with a record amount of just over £10,250 raised, nearly £600 up on 2017.
A fun-filled programme of events was planned over the 3 days with something for every member of the family to help raise money for Filey Lifeboat Station. The RNLI relies solely on donations and legacies to maintain its service of “Saving Lives At Sea”.
The activities started with a cream tea held in the boathouse during Friday afternoon. The crew were on hand to serve teas and scones with jam and cream. Later in the evening, members of the crew visited our 3 local Haven Holiday Centres. (The RNLI is Haven Holiday’s Charity of the Year)
The annual raft race on Saturday took place in glorious sunshine and a gentle breeze, 12 teams fought for the trophy. The Murton Roofing Team were the winners for the second year running and although the Lifeboat crew did finish, they were, yet again, beaten by the “wivesboat team!!”
Also on Saturday there was a static display by the White Rose Goldwings Motorcycle group who ran a tombola. The Ramshackle Shanty Men performed their songs at about 11am. And Stormy Stan was on hand for photographs.
The main event on Sunday was the launching of Filey’s Mersey Class all-weather lifeboat (ALB), Keep Fit Association as well as Filey’s inshore lifeboat (ILB), Braund, , just after 1.30pm with a visit by Flamborough RNLI crew on their Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat. This was followed by a display by the Coastguard rescue helicopter. Dearne Big Band played a variety of pieces whilst Magic Mike entertained adults and children alike. Other emergency services provided static displays along with Filey Rotary’s Human Fruit Machine. There was also a static display of trial bikes. There was a massive tombola, summer raffle tickets, craft and book stalls, souvenirs, a selection of games as well as the chance for youngsters to “bucket the ball”; all of which took place at the lifeboat station.
David Wilson, Chairman of Filey RNLI said: “Every penny that we raised will go directly towards the running of Filey Lifeboat Station. The weather was absolutely glorious throughout the weekend. I don’t think that I have ever seen the Coble Landing so busy. It has given the many thousands of people the opportunity to support the RNLI here in Filey and we really do thank them for giving so generously”.
Notes to editors
- Filey Lifeboat Station was founded in 1804. It currently operates both a Mersey-Class All-Weather Lifeboat and an Inshore Lifeboat. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to Filey Lifeboat Station Facebook page.
RNLI media contacts
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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, in a normal year, 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.