New Year, new name for RNLI Torbay fundraising team – come and join us!

Lifeboats News Release

1 January 2018 marked an important day in the history of fundraising for the RNLI in Torbay, as (following a vote at the end of last year) Brixham Lifeboat Guild formally changed its name to Torbay Lifeboat Fundraisers.


Torbay Lifeboat Fundraisers new logo

The new name, along with a new logo, not only aligns the fundraising arm of the team better with the existing name of RNLI Torbay lifeboat (and with neighbouring stations' fundraising groups) but more importantly better reflects activities in the wider area of the Bay which the two Torbay lifeboats serve.

The Lifeboat Fundraising team work throughout the year to offer events such as regular coffee mornings, quizzes and talks. They also work alongside the RNLI Torbay operations and management teams to organise big annual events such as the Seaside Special (taking place this year on 12 August) and the popular Torbay Lifeboat Carols & Songs service recently enjoyed in the run up to Christmas.

During 2018, the RNLI Torbay management, operations and fundraising teams will be working together with a particular focus on extending knowledge, involvement and support for the two Torbay lifeboats right across the Bay, reaching out not only to the three major coastal towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham but also to residents of the many areas associated with our ‘patch’. Although the lifeboat station is based in Brixham, the volunteer lifeboat crews are frequently called out to all areas of Torbay, Lyme Bay (and sometimes beyond) when needed, helping to save lives at sea.

The friendly and sociable fundraising team welcome new members from around the Bay - especially from Paignton and Torquay - and are looking to expand fundraising in 2018 under their new name, with fresh ideas and active involvement from existing and new members.

If you are looking for a new direction in 2018, why not give Lynn Spillett a call on 07716 117 875 or email and get involved with the RNLI team.

Notes to editors

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RNLI Torbay all-weather lifeboat Alec & Christina Dykes

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