Santa's storytelling at Tobermory RNLI lifeboat station a festive success
Santa's visit to Tobermory lifeboat station was a huge success with £400 raised for the town's Christmas lights fund.
The garage at the lifeboat station was converted into a magical grotto with the assistance of Santa's 'little helpers', fundraisers Nettie Wood and Helen Foster. Around 130 children came to listen to Santa tell a story by the fire and then receive an individual present from him. The festive spirit was in evidence all along Tobermory's iconic Main Street with shops and businesses open late for Christmas shopping and offering refreshments. At the lifeboat station, children were able to go upstairs and enjoy home made biscuits and juice with some mulled wine for the adults. At 7pm, Santa took a brief rest from his storytelling to join fundraisers and crew to watch the switch on of the town Christmas lights.
Tobermory RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Dr Sam Jones said: 'It was wonderful to host Santa at the station this year and to see so many children enjoy a festive tale. This was a real team effort. The garage looked spectacular thanks to the hard work of Helen, Nettie, the fundraisers and crew. The lifeboat shop was open too thanks to Karen Malcolm and Penny Goode. We're really pleased to have done a little bit to support the town Christmas lights fund, so a big thanks to all the families who came along to help raise £400.'
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For further information, please contact Dr Sam Jones, Tobermory RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager on 07747601900 or Gemma Macdonald, Regional Media Officer for Scotland on 07826 900639.
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.